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To consolidate core vote bank, Mayawati plans rallies in Dalit-dominated dists

The first ‘Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay’ rally will be held in Dalit-dominated Agra on August 21 followed by one in Azamgarh on August 28.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow |
August 18, 2016 2:04:56 am
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Seeking to consolidate its core Dalit vote bank and to reach out out to non-Dalit groups such as Muslims ahead of the polls in the Uttar Pradesh next year, the Bahujan Samaj Party has planned a series of rallies to be addressed by party chief Mayawati in both eastern and western parts of the state.

The first ‘Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay’ rally will be held in Dalit-dominated Agra on August 21 followed by one in Azamgarh on August 28. Mayawati has decided to hold the next two rallies in Allahabad (eastern UP) on September 4 and Saharanpur (west UP) on September 4.

Dalits make for up to 20 per cent of the population in both the districts.

In Allahabad, the rally will be organised at Parade Ground near Sangam where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed a rally in June, following BJP’s national executive meeting in the city.

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The BSP expects to get the crowd for its rally from the neighbouring districts of Fatehpur, Kaushambi and Pratapgarh.

BSP has picked the Cosmos Green Field on the outskirts of Saharanpur as the venue for its other rally. This, again, is the same venue where Modi had addressed a public meeting on May 26 to mark the second anniversary of the formation of his government.

The rally in Saharanpur will attract the party supporters from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts as well, party leaders claimed. Besides the large Dalit population, the region also has a sizeable Muslim population and the party will showcase its Dalit-Muslim combine there.

BSP zonal coordinator in Saharanpur, Naresh Gautam, said Mayawati’s rally will get three-times the number of people who had come to listen to the PM. He said BJP had called people from Uttarakhand, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for PM’s rally, but the BSP’s rally will source its crowd from just three districts.

“I have been moving in the villages for the rally and people will reach to listen to BSP chief on their own. They are completely disenchanted with the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state and the BJP at the Centre,” he said.
Saharanpur has been a stronghold of the BSP and the party had won four out of seven Assembly seats in the district in 2012 when its performance had been poor elsewhere in the state.

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