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BSP focus on assembly elections

THE BSP decided not to allot party symbol to its candidates in the urban local bodies elections in order to keep its flock together before the crucial Vidhan Sabha elections.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 01:31 IST

Withdrawing from civic polls part of strategy

THE BSP decided not to allot party symbol to its candidates in the urban local bodies elections in order to keep its flock together before the crucial Vidhan Sabha elections.

BSP president Mayawati lifted the veil from the party strategy on the civic poll On Saturday. Talking to mediapersons, she said after the notification for the civic elections, the party leadership discussed the strategy for the local bodies poll.

“We decided to focus on the Vidhan Sabha elections which will be held in four to five months, rather than the urban local bodies poll”, she said.

“We have also learnt from past experiences. In the previous urban local bodies election in 2000, the party contested the election on its own symbol. There was stiff competition among the workers for the party ticket and in several places the party members rebelled”, she said.

“They filed nominations against the official candidates and we were left with no option but to take action against the rebel candidates. The Vidhan Sabha election was held in 2004 and we got enough time for damage control.  We do not want a repeat of the same incident when there will be no time left for damage control”, Mayawati said.

“The party would have contested the election on its own symbol if the elections were held according to schedule in 2005. But our stakes are high in the Vidhan Sabha election. The party has prepared a strategy to secure a majority in the legislative assembly and rule for a full five-year tenure”, she said.

She clarified that party members were free to contest the election on the free symbols. “Our leaders will campaign for those seats on which a single BSP candidate contests election. The party will maintain a distance from those seats on which more than one candidate file nomination. No action will be taken against the candidates who are contesting the civic elections. The maximum number of party members will secure victory in the election and BSP will emerge as number one after the declaration of the results”, she said.