BSP to go it alone in Karnataka Assembly polls

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Mysore, Jan 7 (UNI) The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Karnataka will not enter into any understanding with other political parties and will go it alone in the coming Assembly elections, party National General Secretary P G R Sindhia said today.

Addressing newspersons here, Mr Sindhia said the BSP would field its candidates in all the 224 Assembly constituencies.

''With the support base of 23 per cent Dalits, the BSP will seek support of all the communities in the coming elections'' Mr Sindhia said.

State party leaders would meet on January 10 and work out the poll strategy for the Assembly elections, he said.

Stating that the BSP was gaining ground in all the states, Mr Sindhia said the party had dented the strength of both the BJP and Congress in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

Mr Sindhia said as part of party supremo Mayawati's birthday celebrations on January 15, over 1000 women from poor families would be provided a cash assistance of Rs 5,000 each.

He also urged Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur to look into the problems of farmers, particularly sugar cane growers, and announce a support price for sugar cane.

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