Kanshi Ram kins to campaign against Mayawati in UP polls

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, who is already grappling with rebellion by some senior party leaders in Uttar Pradesh, could face more challenge in the coming days after the kins of party founder Kanshi Ram have announced that they will join hands with loyalists-turned-rebels to form an 'anti-Mayawati block' ahead of state assembly elections next year. Kanshi Ram's sister Swarn Kaur and nephew Lakhbir Singh were likely to visit several districts of the state very soon to discuss the formation of the alliance with the rebel leaders. "Many people opposed to Mayawati are now coming out in the open, but they are not together. Instead, they are fighting each other and are not able to assert themselves properly. This needs to be told to the old Kanshiram loyalists who can regroup these factions," a close associate of Lakhbir and a former BSP leader said here today. The leader said they would try to expose the covert nexus between the BSP and the BJP. "The BJP has helped the BSP in the past and will continue to do so," the Kanshi Ram's kin claimed, who runs a charitable trust in the name of Kanshi Ram in Punjab's Ropar district. BSP founder's family has been vociferously against Mayawati, accusing her of 'hijacking' the Dalit movement started by Kanshi Ram for her political benefit. Kanshi Ram's family had campaigned against Mayawati in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. They are mainly seen as the supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party. In March this year, the family did not allow BSP functionaries to enter the venue where they had organised a function on Kanshi Ram's birth anniversary. Instead, they had invited AAP leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as the chief guest.

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