Helicopters for BSP campaign
January 11, 2012
Faced with an all-out attack by rivals, the ruling BSP in Uttar
Pradesh is all set to unleash aerial raids by party leaders in a bid
to avert slump in fortune in the poll-bound state.
While BSP supremo Mayawati is set to embark on an aggressive campaign,
she has assigned a helicopter each to party troika Satish Chandra
Mishra, Nasimuddin Siddiqui and Swami Prasad Mourya to fan out the
nook and corner of the state.
Ms Mayawati, who has reportedly a pair of helicopters, will address
three rallies each a day to cover 75 districts of the state till the
electioneering comes to an end in the state. While Ms Mayawati will
play the dalit card to ward off any attempt by her rivals to make
inroad in the 22 per cent vote base, the party troika has a special
task cut out for them. "Mr Mishra, Mr Siddiqui and Mr Mourya, hailing
from Brahmin, Muslim and OBC community, will address as many public
meetings as possible individually. They have been given a free hand
along with logistic support to ensure that their community sticks to
the party," said a senior BSP functionary.
The BSP supremo will stay in UP after January 24, till then she would
have spent two days each in campaigning for the party in Uttarakhand
However, the role of the BSP troika appears critical for the prospect
of the party. Therefore, said the BSP functionary, they would be freed
from the role of playing a support cast in Ms Mayawati's rallies.
The campaign strategy of the BSP also indicates return of Mr Mishra in
leading political role, as he was earlier confined to only legal work
of the party.
Mr Siddiqui, who happens to be the most powerful minister in the
Mayawati council of ministers, is being expected to ensure that the
Muslims do not desert the party.
After the sacking of the tainted minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, Mr
Mourya appears to be the only hope of the party to win the OBC votes
in the state.
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