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BSP fast losing its leaders to Samajwadi Party

The latest defector into SP fold is of East Uttar Pradesh’s OBC face Ram Prasad Choudhari, who was expelled from BSP about two months ago. Choudhari, who joined the SP two days back, was member of the state assembly for five terms.

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020, 11.56 PM IST
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New Delhi: Almost a year after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati suddenly broke her party’s alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP), all is not well in the BSP and several leaders joined SP recently.

The latest defector into SP fold is of East Uttar Pradesh’s OBC face Ram Prasad Choudhari, who was expelled from BSP about two months ago. Choudhari, who joined the SP two days back, was member of the state assembly for five terms.

Earlier, CL Verma, who had contested from Mohanlalganj as BSP nominee, former minister Raghunath Prasad Shankhwar, Prashuram Nishad (Gorakhpur), Sunil Gautam, Man Singh Pal (Jaluan) and Umesh Pandey (Mau) joined the SP after leaving the BSP.

Sources in the SP said several BSP leaders may join SP in near future. “Idea is to attract BSP leaders who work at ground level in different districts. This will help further strengthen the SP’s image as the principal challenger to the ruling BJP in the state,” a source in SP said.

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Though BSP leaders remain tight-lipped about SP’s move to bring BSP leaders into its (SP’s) fold, sources said BSP chief Mayawati continues to give special focus to strengthen the party.

“There is a system of holding monthly meeting within the organisation.

The party is desperate to get connected with youths at ground level. The party coordinators keep a close watch on all political developments relating to the organization in their areas concerned,” a source in BSP told ET.

The BSP source said senior leaders in his party have been tasked to attend the party’s cadre camps in different districts of UP. He added that at least 50 youths, who were invited to attend cadre camps, were made aware about the party ideology. To a question,he said the party leadership is not bothered about those who join SP after leaving BSP.

Sources in SP said the party leadership is in favour of making a broad-based caste alliance before the 2022 assembly polls. SP national president and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has already dropped enough hints regarding this including his recent decision to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti under SP banner across the state.
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