Mayawati Names Brother as BSP VP, Says Ready for ‘Anti-BJP’ Front

Mayawati named Anand Kumar as No. 2 in the BSP on the condition that he would never contest for public office.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Friday appointed her younger brother Anand Kumar as the vice-president of the party, which performed dismally in the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Mayawati's move was received with scepticism as dissenting voices within the BSP drew charges of nepotism against her move.

Addressing party workers at an Ambedkar anniversary function in Lucknow on Friday, the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh said she has decided to give Kumar an important responsibility on the condition that he would never contest for public office.

MayawatiI name my brother Anand Kumar as the party’s national vice-president with the condition that he will never become Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly, or Chief Minister.

In December last year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had detected cash deposits totalling Rs 1.43 crore in Anand Kumar bank account and Rs 104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP in a United Bank of India branch in Delhi.

A sum of Rs 18.98 lakh was deposited into Kumar’s account post the announcement of the noteban. The ED is still investigating the matter.

Mayaai also said she is ready to join hands with other parties which were 'anti-BJP'. She said this in the context of accusations of EVM tampering accusations in the recent Uttar Pradesh polls.

BSP has no reservations in taking the help of anti-BJP parties in the fight against EVM tampering and the BJP to keep democracy alive.

Speaking for the first time before her party workers about her medical condition, she said she didn’t have a choice but to read written texts. “One of the two glands in my throat was removed in 1996 in an operation. Hence, I cannot stress my throat too much,” she said.

The BSP chief has been under fire ever since the Yogi Adityanath ordered a probe into the sale of sugar mills and construction of memorials under her government.

“I’m being targeted under a conspiracy so that I stop speaking on the BJP tampering EVMs,” she said. “It is being shown as if I’m responsible, however, I wasn’t responsible for either department. The sugar department was headed by Naseemuddin and all decisions were taken by the Cabinet.”

A week ago, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has ordered a inquiry into the Mayawati-led BSP government’s decision to sell 21 state sugar mills for a throwaway price.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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