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BSP in poll mode...

THE CONGRESS, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are striving hard to keep their flocks (MLAs) together. But the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), after making a dent into the base of the rival parties, is in election mode.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:06 IST

THE CONGRESS, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are striving hard to keep their flocks (MLAs) together. But the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), after making a dent into the base of the rival parties, is in election mode.

BSP supermo Mayawati blew the bugle for the Vidhan Sabha election at the workers’ conference held here on Friday at the Ambedkar rally ground. Directing the workers to start preparation for the Vidhan Sabha election, Mayawati told the election managers to prepare a blue print of the election strategy.

“Earlier, I had decided to review the preparation for the Vidhan Sabha election in May but now the review meeting will be held by April-end,” she said. “Owing to rebellion of the MLAs, the SP is on sticky wicket. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav might go for an early election,” she added.

The BSP leaders have been directed to prepare a list of the probable Vidhan Sabha candidates before the review meeting. A senior BSP leader said, “Once behenji gives approval, we will launch the election campaign. She has already announced that the BSP will contest the Vidhan Sabha election on 403 seats on its own strength,” he said.

Mayawati has already given green signal to the candidates who lost the previous election by narrow margin to start campaigning in their respective constituencies. After getting feedback from the election coordinators on the reputation of the candidates the ticket issue will be finalised.

Party leaders were directed to constitute poll booth committees in each constituency. Booth committees would have decisive role in the election and the party leaders were directed to constitute the committee on the basis of the cadre.

To make inroad into the base of the rivals, Mayawati has assured that party ticket will be given to the rebel MLAs of the BJP and the SP. Even dozen MLAs of the breakaway group are in contact with BSP leaders with an eye on the party ticket. Even those candidates who contested the previous election on the Congress, the BJP and the SP tickets are vying for BSP ticket as they consider the BSP as the safe bet to win the assembly election.

A large number of potential candidates were present at the Ambedkar rally ground. They handed over their CV to senior BSP leaders for the ticket. “BSP is the number one party in the state and first choice of the candidates,” commented a BSP leader.