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BSP is sitting pretty

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 01:28 IST

IT’S ADVANTAGE Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the urban local bodies poll.  Before the crucial Vidhan Sabha elections, the BSP plans to cash in on the civic polls to show its strength in the urban areas.

Till now the BSP was considered a rural-based party with support base among the dalits, extremely backward castes and minorities. With Mayawati playing the forward caste card, the party hopes to make inroads in urban areas as well.

“The results of the civic polls would demonstrate the support of the party among the urban voters”, said a party leader.

While rival political parties including the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the BJP are busy motivating their reluctant cadre for the civic polls, the BSP has already taken a lead over them, finalising its candidates for various wards in Nagar Nigams, Nagar Palika Parishads and Nagar Panchayats.

A senior party leader said the name of all the candidates would be released before filing of the nomination papers started on October 3. The list of the candidates who would be fielded for the post of Mayor in the Nagar Nigams and chairmen of the Nagar   Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayats would be released by the party supremo Mayawati, he said.

While the ruling Samajwadi Party is adopting all the tricks in the book to scuttle the urban local bodies election, the BSP leadership has started preparations for the elections since the contempt petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court to direct the State Government to hold the local bodies poll.

Mayawati had directed the election coordinators to finalise the list of the candidates for the civic election by August 15 after discussing the names of the probable candidates with MLAs and district presidents.

“Under the pressure of the High Court the State Government might issue notification for the civic polls”, she had predicted way back in July. With the notification of the elections, while rival political parties have been caught napping, the BSP is all geared up.

A meeting of the coordinators, district presidents and MLAs was held in various districts on Wednesday to discuss the strategy for the election.

A delegation of the senior party leaders met the State Election Commission officials to get information about the filing of the nomination papers and model code of conduct.