MAYORAL ELECTION in the city, it seems, is going to be a three-cornered contest.
As the BSP has decided not to contest the election on the party symbol and is supporting an independent candidate, the BJP, the SP and the Congress are in the fray.
All the three major parties have launched vigorous campaigning and organised meetings addressed by their senior leaders. However, the BSP-basked Kumar Narain and UDF-supported candidate Rajeev Agrawal claimed that their victory was certain.
Although the Congress did not perform well last time, the party is very enthusiastic about its victory this time. Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal has already addressed four public meetings. Anil Shashtri is camping in the city and the party is awaiting the arrival of UP’s organisational incharge and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Salman Khurshid and Dr Sanjay Singh on October 28 to launch ‘Aar Paar Rath’.
CLP leader Pramod Tewari, AIWCP chairperson Rita Bahuguna Joshi, party veteran Satya Prakash Malviya would ride the Rath from the zonal party office and cover all the three assembly constituencies in the city, said Kisan Khet Avam Mazdoor Congress state president Abhay Awasthi.
Besides, the Mayoral candidate, the Rath would carry all the Congress candidates contesting the corporators’ posts, said a senior leader of the party Ashok Bajpai. The party would also organise a big public meeting on at Ghantaghar in Chowk on that day, Awasthi said.
During the Bareilly convention, party president Sonia Gandhi had asked the party men to prepare for ‘Aar Paar ki ladai’ in the civic elections, he added. He further said, “This road show is based on her directives.” Senior SP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Janeshwar Misra, known as ‘chhote Lohia’ was present when party candidate and three time district bar president Vinod Chand Dube had filed his nomination. Besides, MP Reoti Raman Singh has also addressed several meetings in support of the party candidate. MP Jaya Prada is also scheduled to campaign for Dube. The top BJP leadership has decided not to send any leader of national stature to canvass for the party candidate Vijay Misra, a businessman.
However, the party has called its Rajya Sabha MP and All-India general secretary Vinay Katiyar is likely to address a series of public meetings along with former Speaker Kesari Nath Tripathi.