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BSP gears up for first rally after loss, date set for 9 Oct

BSP gears up for first rally after loss, date set for 9 Oct
The main opposition in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of its Maha Sankalp Rally here on 9 October. The rally would decide on the party's future strategies, including that of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

BSP supremo and former UP chief minister Mayawati, is camping here to monitor the arrangements for the rally on the death anniversary of the party's founder Kanshi Ram.

More than 2 lakh BSP supporters, including over 25,000 from outside the state, would attend the event, where Mayawati will announce the party's strategy over the FDI in retail and the support to the UPA-II government. An all important meeting of the BSP national executive would also be held on 10 October here where the party leadership would discuss the political scenario of the country besides taking her decisions.

According to party sources here, Mayawati will also announce her decision on support to the UPA-II government in the wake of the announcement of Foreign Direct Investment [FDI] in multi-brand retail, diesel price hike and other issues. 'The rally would be the launching pad targeting 2014 Lok Sabha elections where Mayawati would announce her party's policy,' the party leader said.

This would be the first political rally of the BSP in the state after it lost the Assembly elections in March to the Samajwadi Party.

Expecting a huge turnout in the rally, the BSP leaders have erected six huge pandals at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan, next to the Rambai Ambedkar maidan, the venue of the rally, for the supporters from other parts of the state.

One of the pandals would be exclusively for women. A control room has also been set up to monitor the preparation. 'When the SP government took oath of office on 15 March, we had decided to give them an opportunity to perform and wait for six months. Now that period is over and we have to articulate the miseries of the people. Law and order has deteriorated and the large parts of the state are reeling under flood, but not a single minister has so far bothered to visit the people affected,' said Swami Prasad Maurya, BSP General Secretary and leader of the opposition in UP Assembly.
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