BSP should ''get a chance'' in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur, Nov 13 (UNI) Bahujan Samaj Party leader and Vaish Samaj Bhaichara Samiti Coordinator Neeraj Bora today said that Chhattisgarh's electorate should give the BSP a chance to form a ''sarva samaj'' government.

Dr Bora, who is also Uttar Pradesh Bridge Corporation Vice-Chairman, said that BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati was committed to keep her word and would do whatever was required for developing this tribal-dominated state that had been ''ignored'' by successive Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party regimes.

Talking to journalists here, Mr Bora said that the BSP fielded 17 candidates from the Vaish community including 12 Sahus. ''The distribution of tickets by the party proves that it believes in sarva samaj by giving adequate representation to all communities,'' he claimed.

Ms Mayawati's public rallies were drawing huge crowds, which revealed that her popularity in Chhattisgarh was spiralling day by day, Mr Bora added. The BSP chief is slated to address a public meeting at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Claiming that the BSP would certainly spring a surprise in the Chhattisgarh poll results, Mr Bora expressed confidence that the party's vote percentage would also increase manifold.

The BSP is contesting all 90 seats this time. In 2003, the party won two seats and garnered 4.5 per cent of the votes.

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