Mayawati Gives Key Party Posts To Brother & Nephew

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Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati reintroduced nepotism into the party on Sunday by again appointing her brother Anand Kumar as party vice president and her nephew Akash Anand as national coordinator.

Mayawati had appointed Anand Kumar as party vice president in April 2017, but he had stepped down from his post in May 2018 ostensibly because he did not wish anyone to level charges of nepotism against Mayawati.

The BSP President made this announcement on Sunday while addressing a national convention of the party here.

“If there is one election for the country, the BJP will succeed in its game plan and the country will be deprived of an opposition. If the BJP is so sure of its popularity, then why does the party shy away from the use of ballot papers in elections?” she asked.

She further warned that if the BJP persisted in opposing the use of ballot papers in elections, then the people would have to consider other options of protest.

She said that almost all opposition parties in the country preferred ballot papers over EVMs and the BJP should accept their demand without further delay.

Mayawati also criticized the partial manner in which the Election Commission had worked during the recent elections.