With a view to giving a momentum to the hitherto sluggish election campaign of Bahujan Samaj Party candidates in the state, party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday will hold her first and only rally in Nawanshahr, a major district in Doaba belt with a sizeable Dalit population.
The candidates from all (13) Lok Sabha constituencies will share the stage with former Uttar Pradesh chief minister during her maiden rally in the state this election season.
Earlier, Mayawati had campaigned for party's Chandigarh candidate Jannat Jahan on March 30.
During the 2012 state assembly elections, the BSP had secured a large chunk of votes in the region, conventionally considered a Congress bastion.
Mayawati had held a rally in Nawanshahr during the 2012 assembly elections when the party succeeded in eating the vote share of the Congress.
Doaba region has 35 per cent Dalit population.
Senior BSP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Narender Kashyap along with local leaders inspected the rally venue and held a meeting on Monday.
They were also in touch with the local deras which hold siginificant sway in the region, he added.
He said the former UP chief minister had chosen Nawanshahr this time again for holding a rally mainly for two reasons —the native village (Khawaspur) of party founder Kanshi Ram is in Anandpur Lok Sabha segment and Dalits have a significant presence here.
He said things would have been different for the BSP had its vote percentage increased from 4.13 per cent to 4.30 per cent during the last assembly elections. The party had failed to open its account in 117 assembly seats of the state.
He said each of the BSP candidates were asked to arrange 100 large vehicles to ferry party workers to the rally spot situated on Chandigarh Road.
The BSP has fielded singer-actor KS Makhan against SAD-BJP candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra and Congress candidate Ambika Soni from the Anandpur Sahib constituency.
The party is eyeing to win at least two Lok Sabha seats in the state.