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BSP in a catch-22 situation

THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party is in a catch-22 situation over a possible alliance with Lalu Yadav?s Rashtriya Janata Dal for the Vidhan Sabha election. Though RJD leaders are eager for the alliance, the BSP leadership is in a dilemma.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 01:46 IST

THE BAHUJAN Samaj Party is in a catch-22 situation over a possible alliance with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal for the Vidhan Sabha election.

Though RJD leaders are eager for the alliance, the BSP leadership is in a dilemma.

“It might give the wrong signal to our cadre and voters that we have to seek Lalu’s assistance to defeat Mulayam,” a BSP leader said.

“The RJD is virtually a non-entity in Uttar Pradesh and is considered a Bihar-based political party. Whereas the BSP has grown into a national political party with a base in North Indian states. The RJD will gain ground in UP at our cost,” another BSP leader said.

At the same time, BSP leaders are not in a position to ignore the magic of Lalu. He has considerable support among minorities and backward castes. In constituencies in east UP, the BSP can tilt the scales in its favour with Lalu’s assistance.

Lalu is keen for a pre-poll alliance with the BSP to settle scores with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Though the Samajwadi Party fared badly in the Bihar Vidhan Sabha election, Mulayam damaged the prospects of the RJD by fielding candidates for a majority of seats.

Lalu has planned to launch a rath-yatra in UP before the Vidhan Sabha election.
“He will visit the Muslim and Yadav majority areas and expose misdeeds of the Samajwadi Party Government,” a RJD leader said.

Though the State unit of the RJD has planned to field candidates for 50 seats, it is yet to get the green light from the BSP.

“Instead of a pre-poll alliance, we prefer to contest elections with mutual understanding with the RJD,” BSP leaders said.

Meanwhile, the BSP has planned to strengthen the ‘bhai chara banao committees’ in villages with an eye on Brahmin voters.  A meeting of the committee’s office-bearers was held under the chairmanship of national general secretary SC Mishra.  It was decided that such a committee would be constituted in each constituency by April 30.