Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party. which had ruled Uttar Pradesh five years back and which has been relegated to third position in the state assembly now, may suffer further damage as some of the party leaders who have been been shown the door are trying to bring under one umbrella all the anti- Mayawati ( party chief) elements.
Nasimuddin Siddiqui who was the Muslim face of the party, has taken a lead in this connection and held on Saturday a meeting which was attended by disgruntled party men in more than half the states of the country.
At the meeting he urged them to join the new front created by him and take the party founder Kanshi Ram’s mission forward for the empowerment of Dalits and Muslims.
He alleged that party chief Mayawati had changed a lot and deviated from the path created by the founder.
“She has lost the balance after the crushing defeat in recent assembly elections and is doing things which will go against the interest of Dalits as well as the minority community.”
Dalits who account for more than 21 per cent of total electorate had foreseen it and it was for this reason that they had not voted for her like they did in the past.
Muslims are too unhappy with her because, according to him, she had done little for the community during her rule between 2007 and 2012.
Siddiqui was expelled from the party on May 10 last, almost two months after the declaration of results of assembly elections. Some senior leaders of the party had deserved her before the elections and joined the rival BJP. This had contributed to the party’s defeat.
The party had failed to gain even after allotting 100 seats to Muslims and projecting the party as the only Muslim saviour.