Ballia debacle:BSP dissolves 'bhai chara'com; SP transferred

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Lucknow, Jan 4 (UNI) Stung by its defeat in the Ballia Lok Sabha bypoll, the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party today dissolved the much hyped 'Bhai Chara' committee even as the government transferred Ballia Superintendent of Police (SP) for not sending a report of violence by Samajwadi Party activists after the poll result.

BSP president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati announced dissolving of the 'Bhai Chara' committee during the meeting of the senior party leaders here.

The BSP also made some minor changes in the rank of party coordinator party in view of the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Ms Mayawati had constituted the committee, representing senior leaders of all caste and religion in her party, aiming on the ideology of 'Sarva Jan Hitya, Sarvajan Sukhya' of her government. This committee was mainly constituted during the Assembly polls to deal with Dalit and Brahmin combination.

Dissolving the committee is seen as a move by the BSP to revamp the organisation across all castes and religion which had helped the party to romp home to majority in the past Assembly polls.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Ballia SP L V Antony Dev Kumar has been shunted out as SP, regional intelligence at Agra.

Lalji Shukla has been posted as new SP of Ballia. The state Home department today said IG (Varanasi) Kashmir Singh has been asked to probe lapses on part of the Ballia police in dealing with the post-poll violence by the Samajwadi Party, whose candidate Neeraj Shekhar won the bypoll by a massive margin.

On January 2, Samajwadi Party workers had defied prohibitory orders to take out a 'victory procession'. They had indulged in violence and torched five huts. The district police has been charged with not sending a report regarding the violence to the state government and failing to arrest 17 persons booked for the crime.

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