Reserved seats: Maya tries to gain back lost ground
Sanjay Singh Posted online: Tue Jun 29 2010, 05:38 hrs
Lucknow : With the Assembly elections two years away, Chief Minister
Mayawati has started giving special focus to reserved Assembly
constituencies. Wiser after the last Lok Sabha election, when the BSP
could bag only two reserved category seats, she does not want to take
any chances this time.
The BSP had created history by winning 62 reserved constituencies of
the 89 in the 2007 Assembly elections. "The CM does not want to give
any scope to opposition parties, particularly the Congress, to grow in
the reserved constituencies. So, she has asked her trusted lieutenant
and PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui to concentrate on party affairs
in the reserved constituencies," a source in the BSP said.
Party insiders said Mayawati has almost separated the party affairs of
the reserved Assembly constituencies from the BSP's main organisation.
Siddiqui has been asked to constitute the organisational committees at
booth, sector and Assembly levels, besides the Bhaichara committees in
these constituencies. Siddiqui not only has good knowledge of the
demographic structure of the reserved seats, but is also a known face
among the party cadres.
Besides, Siddiqui is one BSP leader who can ensure proper coordination
between party cadres and "Bhaichara committees", which are the
caste-based committees in the party. The party's "Brahmin mascot"
Satish Chandra Mishra has been tasked to reconstitute the Brahmin
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