Mayawati appoints nephew Akash Anand as successor to lead BSP at party meet 

Mayawati has designated her 28-year-old nephew Akash Anand as her eventual successor to lead the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) during a key party meeting on Sunday.

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Veteran Indian politician Mayawati has designated her 28-year-old nephew Akash Anand as her eventual successor to lead the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The announcement came during a key party meeting attended by national executives on Sunday, December 10.

Anand is Mayawati's brother's son and currently serves as national coordinator for the BSP. He has taken on a prominent public role since 2019, including being the face of the party's general election campaign that year.

 

Mayawati’s dynastic politics

 

His growing visibility comes despite Mayawati's reputation as a critic of dynastic politics in India. She appointed brother Anand Kumar as national BSP vice president in 2019 alongside elevating Akash.

Over the decades, the Dalit leader has groomed no clear political heir apparent to take over the reins of the party centred on uplifting lower-caste groups. Today’s statement appears to position Anand as next-in-line.

The move follows the high-profile suspension of MP Danish Ali from the party on Wednesday. Ali was involved in an unsavoury verbal exchange in Parliament last week during proceedings.

The BSP faces an existential crisis with a depleted legislative presence. Building up a new generation of leaders is seen as vital to rejuvenating its electoral fortunes in the coming years.