Uttar Pradesh Elections Results 2017: BSP workers wonder if party can recover

Several Dalit scholars have termed the BSP’s rout as the “end of the road” for the party and its chief Mayawati. Her detractors have called for her resignation. When Kanshi Ram floated the BSP, its ideology revolved around the welfare of its core constituents — Dalits, Backward Castes and the minorities. This formula, party insiders say, was diluted with the induction of “people unconnected with the BSP movement”.
“Leaders like me who worked tirelessly to build this party have been lying unused. We are backbenchers now. Those who did not have anything to do with party movement now sit in the front row,” said a former state president, seeking anonymity.
Another pointed to how Om Prakash Rajbhar, the president of BJP ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, and Soney Lal Patel, the father of Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal(Soney Lal), had to leave the BSP because they were not “given the importance they deserved”.
Pramod Kureel, former BSP MP, who has been running a campaign to oust Mayawati, said their movement is likely to be intensified in the days to come. “There is no credibility left in her leadership. She should resign or the community will discard her,” he said.