BSP wants to break its caste myth in Punjab

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Chandigarh, Oct 19 (UNI) To break the myth that the BSP is a party only of certain sections of society, a massive ' Sarv Samaj Bhaichara Banao' maha-sammelan wil be organised at Ludhiana on November 17.

This conference of party workers would be addressed by BSP chief and UP Chief Minister Mayawati.

The conference would mark the launching of the BSPs social engineering campaign in Punjab, the home state of its founder, the late Kanshi Ram.

" After UP we want to give a message to all our Punjabi brethren that the BSP is a party of all and for all and its doors are open to all sections of society", BSP general secretary incharge of Punjab Narinder Kashyap said at the press conference here today.

Politically this conference will be the biggest of its kind in Punjab, he said. A number of former ministers, MPs and MLAs of other political parties, particularly those belonging to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress would join the BSP at the conference, he claimed without disclosing names.

Admitting that due to various reasons, the BSP was not able to expand its base in Punjab particularly amongst the upper caste voters, Mr Kashyap said that the Ludhiana conference would make the party acceptable to all castes in the border state. He admitted that the BSP share of votes in the last assembly polls in Punjab fell from the eight per cent it secured in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Due to the political instability generated in the country due to the Indo-US Nuclear Agreement, Ms Mayawati had decided to hold a political conference in Punjab with the motive to make the BSP popular and acceptable to all Punjabis.


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