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Mayawati to address poll rallies today

india Updated: Jan 23, 2012 13:49 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
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Dehradun: With an aim to get more seats, Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) chief Mayawati will address two poll meetings in Uttarakhand on Monday, including one in Dehradun. This is her first visit to the state in this poll season.

As per BSP state chief Surajmal, Mayawati is on tour of Punjab, which also goes to poll on January 30. "We are expecting a huge turnout in her rally," he said.

In fact, the state unit is working hard to open its account in the hill areas. The party is sure of bagging minimum 10 seats this time. It hopes to emerge as a strong force in the state having a say in governance. Although party leaders are making tall claims as to the BSP’s final tally off the record, they are confident of surpassing the double figure mark.

"This time we are sure that the elephant would scale the hills of Uttarakhand. Our target is to become king but, if that doesn’t happen and we fall short, BSP would emerge as a strong kingmaker. Constituencies currently held by us will remain so. In addition, elephant is certain to establish itself in the hill region for the first time in this election," said Surajmal.

Surajmal who was campaigning for party’s official candidate Devi Singh in Pratapnagar constituency said that voters would be surprised to see the final results.

The party feels that it might clinch Sahaspur assembly segment, as Muslims are not happy with the Congress candidate Arendra Sharma.

"We are sitting pretty well in Dehradun’s Sahaspur assembly segment, as Muslims are unhappy with the Congress. They consider the Congress candidate an outsider," said Saheb Singh Pundir, BSP’s official candidate from Sahaspur assembly constituency.

Pundir is banking upon the Congress’ minority vote shift towards the BSP in Sahaspur. "In BSP, Muslim voters will find an alternate to defeat the BJP. They will vote for the BSP," said Pundir.

Surajmal and Pundir agree that BSP is bound to emerge as a strong force post poll. "It’s certain that no one can form government without our support post elections," claimed BSP state chief.