Following a meeting with party members on Sunday, BSP chief Mayawati has appointed her other brother Anand Kumar as the national vice president of the party. She also made he nephew Akash Anand as the party's national co-ordinator.
The BJP has questioned the decision of the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo calling the appointment of he relatives in the party as dynasty politics.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya compared the BSP with his party saying that booth workers in BJP can rise to head Union ministries and slammed Mayawati for giving her relatives who have no political experience top posts in the party.
"Recently, I received the information that Mayawati in her meeting has made her nephew Akash as national coordinator and brother Anand Kumar as national VP. You know the history of Samajwadi Party and Congress. But in BJP those who used to work as a booth worker are now heading Union Home ministry and BJP presidency. A common man can rise to big posts in BJP but not so in SP and BSP. These parties which play dynasty politics must be bid adieu to," he said.
Mayawati's party contested 38 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections and won only ten. She had blamed her coalition partner SP chief Akhilesh Yadav for the defeat. She herself did not contest the polls and was eyeing the Prime Ministerial post if the gathbandhan had won enough seats.
Earlier this month, Mayawati broke the SP-BSP gathbandhan and announced that her party will contest the upcoming by-polls in Uttar Pradesh solo. In a press briefing, Mayawati said:
"We cannot overlook political compulsions. The recently concluded Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh is the evidence that Samajwadi party has lost its base vote that is the Yadav community. Examples are the party bastion of Kannauj where Dimple Yadav lost, Badaun where Dharmendra Yadav lost and in Firozabad where Ram Gopal Yadav's son was defeated. If they did not get their base vote, how will their vote transfer to BSP?" she said.
She had won the Lok Sabha elections from Ambedkar Nagar four times in 1989, 1998, 1999 and 2004.
In 2009, BSP had won its highest ever Lok Sabha seats, clinching 20 from UP.
Five years later, in 2014, the party was reduced to zero in Lok Sabha, and won only 19 seats in UP assembly as Dalit votes moved to the BJP.