Vijay Singh Nayyar BSP's new state president

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Shimla, Jan 16 (UNI) Vijay Kumar Nayyar, an advocate at the Una district court, has been appointed the president of the Himachal Pradesh unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Party in-charge of state affairs, Maan Singh Manhera, announced here today.

Mr Vijay Kumar, who hails from Charatgarh village in the district, is the party's youngest state president.

The post of the party's state president had fallen vacant after the exit of former president Balwant Singh during the run up to the Assembly elections.

Balwant Singh had levelled serious allegations against Mr Manhera and some others of misutilisation of party funds that were earmarked for elections.

Later, addressing mediapersons, Mr Manhera denied all allegations levelled by Balwant Singh. He said not a single penny was received from the national unit of the party and that the state elections were contested out of candidate's and worker's funds.

Mr Manhera said the party had increased in its vote bank by one per cent against .7 per cent votes cast in its favour during the 2003 elections.

A 3,000 strong staunch party cadre had been formed during these elections, which forms the back bone of the party here, he said, adding that these workers would receive support from the BSP at the national level to enable party supremo Mayawati to elevate the post of the Prime Minister during the next general elections.

Newly nominated state party president Mr Vijay Kumar said he would help to revive the party cadre so that they can unitedly fight the BJP and the Congress here.

Former minister and BSP state General Secretary Vijay Kumar Joshi was also present besides a cross section of the party cadre.


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