After removing him from the key post in party over a month ago, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday reinstated her nephew Akash Anand on the post of the party’s national coordinator and announced him as her political successor.

The decision was announced at Bahujan Samaj Party’s office-bearers meeting in Lucknow. The group was gathered to review the party’s defeat in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

BSP leader Sarvar Malik on Sunday said Mayawati has announced Akash Anand as her successor, adding that the young leader would be taking charge of the national coordinator. 

On Saturday, both the BSP chief Mayawati and her nephew Akash Anand found their names on a list of star campaigners for the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly by-elections.

Why was Akash Anand removed as Mayawati’s successor earlier?

In May this year, the BSP chief had said the decision of removing her nephew from the post of the national coordinator of the party and as her successor was taken “in the larger interest of the party”, till he attained political maturity.

“I declared Akash Anand as the national coordinator of BSP and my successor, but in the larger interest of the party and the movement, he is being separated from both these important responsibilities until he attains full maturity,” Mayawati had said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

“His (Akash Anand’s) father, Anand Kumar, will continue to fulfil his responsibilities in the party and the movement as before. Therefore, the leadership of BSP is not going to shy away from making every kind of sacrifice in the interest of the party and the movement and in taking forward the caravan of Baba Saheb Dr Ambedkar,” she had added.

Akash Anand’s Sitapur rally

On April 28, a case of Model Code of Conduct violation was registered against Akash Anand and four others for allegedly using objectionable language at a poll rally in Sitapur.

“This government is a bulldozer government and a government of traitors. The party that leaves its youth hungry and enslaves its elderly is a terrorist government. Taliban runs such a government in Afghanistan,” Akash Anand had said.

In his address, the BSP leader had also cited a National Crime Records Bureau report of 16,000 kidnapping incidents in the state and accused the government of failing to provide safety to women and children.

The BJP is a party of thieves who took 16,000 crore through electoral bonds, he had further alleged.


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Published: 23 Jun 2024, 02:27 PM IST