BSP chief Mayawati today named former transport minister Ram Achal Rajbhar as the new president of the partys Uttar Pradesh unit,replacing former minister and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya.
Mayawati held a meeting with her party leaders,including MLAs,MLCs,MPs and party coordinators at the BSP headquarters in Lucknow. She told them that she had given several responsibilities to Leader of Opposition Maurya and had therefore selected Rajbhar to head the party in the state.
A native of Ambedkar Nagars Kyaumuddinpur village,Rajbhar is considered to be a good organiser within the BSP.
Referring to the UPA governments decision to accept the Akhilesh governments financial demands of Rs 50,000 crore,Mayawati reminded her party workers that the Centre had not accepted her plea for a package of Rs 80,000 crore during her tenure as CM. She linked the UPA governments decision to accept Akhileshs demands with the Presidential elections.
Sources in the BSP said Rajbhar is the first BSP state chief who Mayawati has assigned the task of reviewing the work of party coordinators across the state. Mayawati announced that Rajbhar would tour 18 days in every month and cover all the 18 divisions of the state every month. He will select one district in any of the 18 divisions to see the progress in the organisational works, she said.
Rajbhar has been asked to hold regular meeting with all BSP coordinators who are deployed in the 18 divisions of the state on the 10th of every month. He will sit with them and identify the weak areas of the BSP organisation. This is a big responsibility Mayawati has given to him. She had personally started holding meetings with her partys UP coordinators after the debacle in the last Assembly election, a source in the BSP said.
Rajbhar will also keep an eye on the organisational works in Uttarakhand. Mayawati made it clear that he would remain in-charge of the BSPs affairs in the neighbouring state.
Rajbhar had represented Akbarpur seat of Ambedkar Nagar district in the UP Assembly for four terms. In the 2012 Assembly election,the party had given ticket to his son Sanjay Rajbhar.
Unlike in the past,party coordinators will not confine their activities to the district level. According to Mayawatis instructions,they will go to the village level to keep an eye on the structure of booth committees. The former CM has already deployed more than three coordinators in almost all the 18 divisions of the state. This clearly means that party coordinators,who had enjoyed special political clout during the previous BSP regime,would interact with the booth-level workers.
Following a favourable Supreme Court judgment in the DA case against her,Mayawati appeared before her party workers for first time.