WHILE THE Samajwadi Party, the BJP and the Congress have launched their campaign for urban local bodies’ election, the Bahujan Samaj Party has started preparation for the Vidhan Sabha poll.
Though, the party leaders and workers are contesting the civic poll on free election symbol, BSP wants to use the outcome of the poll as a parameter to test its popularity in the urban areas.
“While rival political parties are facing revolt by the party members over the distribution of tickets for the local bodies, we are motivating the workers to gear up for the Vidhan Sabha elections,” a BSP leader said.
During her visit to the city on Wednesday, BSP chief Mayawati had told the party leaders and election coordinators to prepare the strategy for Vidhan Sabha elections and finalise the selection of the candidates as the Election Commission might issue notification for the poll in December.
Addressing the party workers at Prerna Kendra, she said, “Death of Kanshi Ram has shocked the party cadre and they are not focusing on the urban local bodies election. We will not able to give the result as was expected earlier,” she said and directed the workers to focus on the Vidhan Sabha poll.
“Save your energy for Vidhan Sabha elections and ensure that BSP forms government on its own,” she said. It’s a clear-cut shift from the earlier stand of the party. After notification of the civic poll, Mayawati had said that party would campaign in those wards where single BSP candidate was contesting the election. Where more than one candidate was contesting the winner would
remain the candidate of the party.
BSP leader said even though party was not contesting the civic poll still large number of leaders and workers were taking deep interest and organising campaign. “The direction of the party chief has relieved the pressure for them and now we have shifted attention on the Vidhan Sabha elections,” he said.
While paying tribute to Kanshi Ram, Mayawati had announced launching of Vidhan Sabha election campaign. The list of 200 candidates has already been finalised and the candidates on remaining 203 seats would be finalised by November, a BSP leader said.
To woo the Muslim voters, the BSP has thrown Iftar party in the state unit office on Sunday. The senior party leaders have been directed to participate in the programme. The party leaders have been directed to organise ‘bhai-chara’ meetings in the districts to strengthen the bond between the forward caste and Dalit community.