Tahlka News Desk
Lucknow: BSP Chief Mayawati on Friday on the occasion of Dr. BR Ambedkar 126th birth anniversary in Lucknow announced her brother Anand Kumar to be the vice- president of the party. After facing major defeat from BJP govt in Uttar Pradesh Election earlier this year the BSP chief indicated that she was willing to be part of a larger anti-BJP front.
Maya made the announcement while addressing the cadre during BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary function at Lucknow's Ambedkar Memorial on Friday. She also said she has no reservations in shaking hands with other parties in her struggle against the BJP on the issue EVM tampering machine. Her announcement assumes significance as it indicates formation of a larger front to stop the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to seek a second term.
During the run up to UP assembly election, Mayawati took jibe at suggestions to be a part of a larger anti-BJP front of which Congress and the Samajwadi Party could be a part on the lines of the 'Mahagathban' or grand alliance in Bihar where BJP was defeated.
"To keep democracy alive, I am ready to be part of anti-BJP front. We have to cut poison with poison. Due to tampering of EVMs, the voters won't be able to elect their favourite leaders.The anti-BJP front is necessary to make sure that popular candidate who has mass support wins elections," she said, amid applause from party workers.
"I announce my brother Anand Kumar as the party's national vice president with the condition that he will never become MP, MLA, minister of chief minister," she said
She also said "One of the two glands in my throat was removed by doctors in an operation and so I cannot stress my throat too much,".