Bsp: BSP wants young blood in party | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Infusing `young blood’ in BSP is the need of the hour, the instruction has come from the party national president, Mayawati to the office-bearers in different state units of the party. For that, the party will decentralise responsibilities and assign more of its workers the important work within the party structure.
The biggest challenge for the party, on this front, however, is the lack of a young leader who can lead by example. Mayawati’s nephew and BSP national coordinator Akash Anand is not visible on the scene in as much measure as required.
On Sunday, Mayawati held a review meeting with the office-bearers in the party units in Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. This was after she had reviewed the party’s performance in the urban local body polls in UP on Thursday. In days to come, she may take up meetings with the party units in the rest of the states, as well.
BSP has its focus set on Lok Sabha 2024 elections and is keen to retain its national party status. But, before that the party wants to do well in the assembly elections due in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana in 2023, said sources, adding that, “In wake of that, the party’s prime focus is to have a stronger organization in every state including UP.”
“The party has given itself three months, which is till August, to do away with its weaknesses at the organizational level because then would follow the assembly elections in these states. If the party does good, it will be a sign of a revamp,” said sources.
After Karnataka, the other states where the assembly elections are due this year are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Rajasthan, the states where BSP has sped up activities after July 2022. In Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, BSP had won two seats each in the 2018 assembly elections in these states and in Rajasthan, the party had won six seats in 2018. In Telangana, however, the party did not win any seat.
“While in UP, the focus will still be on Muslim votes, as was conveyed in the review meeting to the leaders and workers, the other states will have to work out their strategies to reach out to Muslims, Dalits and EBCs, without overlooking the upper caste,” said a party functionary.
BSP has contested elections in at least 15 states in the past, including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Kerala, Telangana, Uttrakhand, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. In 2022, BSP contested the Gujarat elections and most recently, the Karnataka assembly elections. In Punjab, the party has announced its alliance with SAD already.

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