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Mayawati to use anti-incumbency factor

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, June 6: The Bahujan Samaj Party will use nti-incumbency as its main plank for campaigning in the coming assembly elections to target the Mulayam Singh Yadav led government in Uttar Pradesh.

With the Assembly elections due early next year, BSP would try to generate a feeling among the electorate that the state government had failed on all fronts, BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra told UNI.

BSP supremo and former Chief Minister Mayawati held a series of meetings to give a preliminary shape to the candidate list for the polls. The party, for the first time, was in a mood to give more representation to the upper caste candidates, particularly the Brahmins.

A close confidant of Ms Mayawati, Mr Mishra said here that the party was well prepared for the assembly polls, as well as for Lok Sabha mid-term elections.

''The coming elections would be an eye-opener for the political analysts of the country when for the first time Dalits and upper caste would vote together after the Congress monopoly after independence,'' he claimed.

Mr Mishra, a senior advocate, maintained that the bad functioning of the present SP government in the state would certainly give the BSP an upper hand in the polls. ''People are frustrated with the misrule of the state government and the deteriorating law and order situation along with power crisis have worsened their problems,'' he added.

The BSP was all appreciation for the media and the formation of the new Jan Morcha and Peoples Democratic front (PDF). Ms Mayawati had said while the media was highlighting the bad law and order of the state, the new political outfits -- Jan Morcha, PDF -- would dent the Samajwadi Party vote bank.

She claimed the assembly elections would be held in time (February 2007) and said her party was well prepared for the crucial polls.

Criticising the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for the deteriorating law and order in UP, she said when even policemen were not safe, what could be said about the safety of the common man.

''The present dispensation is run by goondas and mafias and there will be no respite for the people,'' she asserted.

Narrating the ''misinformation tirade'' launched by her opponents over donation issue, the former UP CM said her party does not take financial aid from industrialists and business houses, hence the BSP cadre has to donate money to run the party.

''BSP candidates and leaders, who can afford, give us donations to conduct electioneering in the assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Small sums to run the party are collected through membership drive and coupons on birthday,'' she disclosed.

Giving reasons for not taking donation from industrial houses, the BSP leader said, ''If we take such donations, then we have to dance to their tunes as is being done by the ruling party in UP.'' To a poser, she denied that the recently held Jan Morcha rally in Lucknow and formation of a Peoples Democratic Front by some Muslim clerics would create problem for the BSP.

''These outfits will only help us in UP assembly polls as they would dent the Samajwadi Party vote bank,'' she claimed.


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