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Mayawati wants to play kingmaker

After having received a drubbing in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and its supremo Mayawati are preparing to bounce back to central stage by getting a good number of seats in Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh and other states.

It would be worth mentioning here that the BSP had won 22 Lok Sabha seats and has nine MPs in Rajya Sabha in the last general elections held in 2009. But this time party leaders have been asked by the party high command to achieve the target of 60-80 Lok Sabha seats to make Mayawati the prime minister!

BSP supremo Mayawati formally launched the campaign on 9 October 2012 by holding a massive rally in Lucknow on the occasion of the sixth death anniversary of founder of BSP Kansiram.

Mayawati had asked her supporters and party workers to work hard to ensure that they win a good number of seats from Uttar Pradesh and other states, so as to play the role of kingmaker at the national level, in case the people of India vote for a ‘hung’ Lok Sabha.

Mayawati made an extra effort at the rally to show that Brahmins were still supporting BSP. A large number of Brahmins, led by her close lieutenant Satish Mishra, were shown off at the dais.

BSP leaders have been asked to get in touch with different sections of society through bhaichara samitis all over the state. Senior leader Nasimuddin Siddqui has been asked to get in touch with the Muslim community. Mayawati and Nasimuddin have been saying to the Muslim community that during the Akhilesh Yadav regime, there have been seven communal riots in the state in just seven months and there was only one communal riot during five years of Mayawati’s stint as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Through her speech at the BSP rally in October, and recently in Parliament, Mayawati made it clear that she would make deterioration in law and order, communal riots and large scale corruption of Akhilesh Yadav government the main issues in her campaign.

As a strategy, Mayawati has asked her party leaders to revive the bhaichara samitis all over the state, from village level to the state level, so as to communicate with people from different castes.

Senior party leaders have also been asked to hold meetings in their areas to create awareness about BSP and its policies and launch campaign against rivals Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).

Although there has been no announcement from central office regarding Lok Sabha candidates, zonal coordinators are, nevertheless, announcing name of candidates from their own areas. But recently, the Sitting Chairperson of Zila Parishad, Kesri Devi Patel of Allahabad, along with the present MP from Phulpur parliamentary seat, Kapil Muni Karwariya, found place in the list of four candidates announced by the BSP from Allahabad, Phulpur, Pratapgarh and Kaushambi seats.

Informing this, the zonal coordinator of BSP, Vijay Pratap, recently said that former MP Suresh Pasi would contest the Kaushambi parliamentary seat on BSP ticket, while R K Verma has been nominated as party candidate from Pratapgarh.

Exhorting party workers to galvanise bhaichara samitis at the district and city levels, he said that spiralling prices of essential commodities and petroleum products, along with dismal law and order scenario in the state, is bound to provide benefit to BSP in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Although BSP is supporting the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government from outside to keep communal parties at bay, Mayawati has, nevertheless, repeatedly said that her party would fight against its rivals Congress, SP and BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Significantly enough, while addressing the massive party rally in Lucknow, Mayawati had said that Congress, BJP and SP had joined hands in 2012 assembly polls to prevent BSP coming to power. The Congress and the BJP are responsible for the sufferings of the people of Uttar Pradesh. They worked together secretly with the SP against the BSP. ‘Both the Congress and the BJP worked against the BSP to ensure that we do not come to power in Uttar Pradesh again. They are afraid of the growth of the BSP in UP. I am confident that the people of Uttar Pradesh will give a befitting reply to all the three parties in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,’ Behenji reportedly said.

BSP has made it clear that it would fight against its rivals and announced the party candidate against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareili. BSP’s state president Ram Achal Rajbhar and general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui last month announced Ram Lakhan Passi as the party nominee for the significant constituency.

It would be worth mentioning here that SP is also supporting UPA from outside and its leader Mulayam Singh Yadav announced that party would not field its candidate against Sonia Gandhi. [IPA]
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