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Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati face off on Ambedkar Jayanti

india Updated: Apr 13, 2010 14:27 IST

Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will play their Dalit card in Ambedkar Nagar on the 119th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on Wednesday.

Tight security arrangements have been made in the district. All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to flag off Chetna Yatra (awareness drive) to mark 125 years of Congress's establishment.

BSP is planning to stage a demonstration against "wrong policies" of the UPA government and "shortcomings" of the Women Reservation bill. "Though the BSP has given a state-wide agitation call, the focus would be more on Ambedkar Nagar district," BSP party sources said in Lucknow.

On the directives of BSP president Mayawati, senior leaders, including state cabinet ministers, will stage a demonstration. Ambedkar Nagar, with a sizable Dalit population, holds significance for the BSP as it has been represented by Mayawati thrice in the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999 and 2004.

Meanwhile, Rahul, visiting Ambedkar Nagar district for the second time, will flag off 10 vehicles to cover the 403 assembly constituencies of the state as part of the party's Chetna yatra, a senior party leader said. Rahul will also address a rally, he added.

To ensure the success of the programme, senior party leaders, including Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, are already camping in the area. "The party is mobilising workers from adjoining districts, including Barabanki, Gonda, Faizabad, Azamgarh and Basti, for the function," party sources said.

Both the programmes are slated to be held at the same time and a short distance from each other.

"Four companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary have been dispatched to the district from DGP headquarters," Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal said, adding that Inspector General of Faizabad has been asked to arrange additional force. Sources said that two additional superintendent of police (SP), five deputy SPs, 40 sub-inspectors, 50 head constables and 150 constables from the adjoining districts will be deployed.