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Mayawati rejigs party organisation, eyes set on 2017 polls

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Lucknow, Sep 15 :

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati late Sunday affected major changes in the party hierarchy by sacking all the coordinator booth in-charges and assembly coordinators and announcing formation of nine new zones across the state, party leaders said Monday.

Chief Minister, Uttar PradeshAge: 51The feisty and single Kumari is the first untouchable, or Dalit, woman to become the head of an Indian state, and this is her fourth term in office. She was mentored by the crafty Kanshi Ram, who founded and headed the Bahujan Samaj Party in India's largest and most politically influential state, Uttar Pradesh, which is also among the poorest. Mayawati has modernized along the way. She now sports a short haircut, wears big diamond studs in her ears and nose, and attracted unwanted attention for her extravagant 47th birthday party in 2003, which featured 100,000 sweet cakes, 5,000 bouquets of flowers, and a 50kg birthday cake. She has also often been accused of grand corruption: Last year she tried to sell the land around the famous Taj Mahal to set up tourism and pocket the proceeds. New Delhi slapped corruption charges on her that she is still fighting. In June, she declared assets worth $13 million, 400% more than at the time of the 2004 elections.In each zone, two divisions have been included for “more tight clasp” on local leaders and party cadres, a party leader who did not wish to be named told IANS.

In every zone there would be four senior party leaders looking after the interest of the party. Some party leaders said that Mayawati has got down to micro-management of the party cadres keeping in mind the 2017 state assembly elections.

The BSP drew a blank in the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh though it had contested all the 80 parliamentary seats. The party did not participate in the recent by-poll for one Lok Sabha seat in Mainpuri and 11 assembly seats.

Marginalised both at the centre and in the state where arch rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) run a government, the Dalit leader is believed to be planning an overhaul of the party so as to ensure that the migration of the Dalit vote bank to the BJP does not take place as also the party’s organisational structure is strengthened, a close aide said.

Under the new hierarchy, Kanpur and Lucknow have been merged into one zone and former minister and legislator Inderjeet Saroj and Ashok Siddhartha have been assigned the task of coordinating party work here.

Close aide R.K. Chowdhary will take care of Allahabad and Mirzapur. Party sources say the idea of the BSP supremo is to keep the party’s rank n’ file on their toes and deliver victory in the 2017 elections.

(IANS)