BSP nominates Alok Kumar Verma as new national vice-president

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Lucknow, Aug 19 (UNI) Setting to rest media reports of Raja Ram being the successor of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) tonight nominated Alok Kumar Verma as the new national vice-president of the party.

Mr Raja Ram was the existing national vice-president of the party and a section of the media had hinted that he might be the CM's heir. However, the BSP spokesperson, in a party release, did not clarified whether Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Raja Ram would still continue to be the national vice-president or not.

Under the new changes, S P Singh Baghel and Shahid Siddiqui have been made the new national general secretaries of the BSP, he added.

Ram Shankar Pal has been made the general secretary of the BSP state unit.

Likewise, five workers, among party active workers, have been included in the BSP state unit committee.

The BSP has made the changes in the organisation for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and five state Assembly elections.

The BSP further termed the news item that appeared in a section of press regarding Ms Mayawati's successor as 'false' and 'baseless.' In the constitutuon of the BSP, there is provision of only one national vice-president into the party.

The national vice-president is, however, authorised to hold a meeting of the party in the absence of the party president.

More, he would become the party president in case of the latter's demise.

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