In this year’s Uttar Pradesh Elections the BJP was flattened, Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati is in the middle of its worst crisis since the year 2003, when the section of party legislators had split to help rival Mulayam Singh Yadav come to power in the state. Mayawati was expelled on Wednesday by one of her closest aides and the Muslim face of the party Naseemuddin Siddiqui, accusing him of ‘anti-party activities’ and corruption. Naseemuddin Siddiqui has hit back, promising to "bare all" today.
BSP sources said that the expulsion could be Mayawati’s attempt to distance herself and her party from Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who faced a several corruption cases that are likely to be pursued with vigour by BJP party government of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
On Wednesday announced that Naseemuddin Siddiqui and his son Afzal were expelled, Satish Chandra the senior leader of BSP had alleged that they had amassed a huge number of benami properties or undeclared, runs an illegal slaughter houses and took money from people’s favour promising once the BSP returned to the Power in UP.
The time party failed to win people demanded that they should be returned with their money, Mr Mishra stated that, "Siddiqui tried to dispose of his benami properties, but told everyone that he was doing so because the party is demanding money from him."
Naseemuddin Siddiqui stated that deeply hurt by what he called the BSP’s "totally false and baseless" allegations. Naseemuddin Siddiqui has evidence and would make revelations today, he said.
With the voters of Mayawati what seriously hurt, as Naseemuddin Siddiqui has alleged that after the March defeat in party Mayawati, "said disrespectful things about upper castes and backwards and made derogatory remarks against Muslims." 2007 UP elections had won by Mayawati, it was Mayawati’s last big win, as by creating a rainbow coalition of Dalits- Upper Caste, Muslims and the backward caste voters.
Mayawati’s strategy for this year’s UP election banked heavily on Muslim support. Mayawati fielded almost 100 of Muslim candidates, and the sources of BSP said that, believes Naseemuddin Siddiqui used his proximity to her to "sell party tickets" to the highest bidders instead of picking candidates who could win seats.
One of the prominent faces of the BSP for year’s is Naseemuddin Siddiqui, he is a former top UP minister, Naseemuddin Siddiqui was the second from Mayawati as a star campaigner of the party in this year’s UP election. Only Mr. Mishra and Naseemuddin Siddiqui were allowed the helicopters to be used in a campaign by Mayawati. His mandate was to consolidate a Dalit-Muslim vote strategy for the party and he ensured that several Muslim clerics, including the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid made vote appeals for the BSP.
After the loss of Mayawati’s party with not even a single seat in parliament in the 2014 national elections, Mayawati also handed Naseemuddin Siddiqui charge of Western UP, where traditionally BSP has done well. Naseemuddin Siddiqui’s son Afzal has given the charge of the BSP’s Muslim outreach campaign in the region. The Siddiquis failed to deliver; the BSP ended up fourth winning only 19 or UP's 403 seats.
On Wednesday Naseemuddin Siddiqui said that, "Mayawati, her brother Anand Kumar and Mishra put inhuman demands before me. I was put under tremendous pressure to meet those demands. I was harassed mentally several times and tortured." Echoing the other top leaders who have left the BSP party, like Babu Singh Kushwaha, Swami Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak.
Naseemuddin Siddiqui is more in trouble than just being thrown out of BSP party. UP's vigilance department is investigating assets acquired by him and properties in his wife's name. Another investigation is being conducted into charges of corruption against him in the construction of huge monuments of Dalit icons like Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and Mayawati.