to campaign for her party candidates in various constituencies here. The rally, to be held at Kasturchand Park, will be the first at the venue in the run up for October 13 elections in Maharashtra.
Political observers will be keenly watching the crowd response and tenor of her speech. Ever since she attained power with a thumping majority in UP, the BSP has been eying the substantial Dalit votes in Maharashtra especially in regions like Vidarbha. For the last two years, her rallies in the city have been marked by huge crowds. While most political parties shy away from holding rallies at K P because the effort required to fill up the cavernous venue, the BSP deliberately chose to show its growing clout.
Massive crowds have attended her rallies and the party has tried to flex its muscles in the last assembly as well as Lok Sabha elections this year by fielding candidates in almost every constituency. But till date, it has not managed to open its electoral account. However, it played spoilsport for the Congress-NCP and recently for the BJP too at several places as the BSP mostly fielded candidates borrowed from these established parties. The BSP support was largely drawn from the political space it occupied because of the disarray that the Republican Party of India found itself with its countless divisions.
Tejpal Chaddha, Secretary of Bhartiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha Mumbai has quit BJP and Joined Bahujan Samaj Party on 13th September 2009, in a Public Meeting organized at Santacruz West, in the Bandra West Assembly Constituency. Dr. Suresh Mane, National Gen. Sec.
BSP has appointed Tejpal Chaddha as the Secretary of Bahujan Samaj Party Mumbai Sub. Committee. Mr. Pravin Burve (President, BSP Mumbai Sub) and Mr. Dinesh Rajbhar (Secretary, BSP Mumbai Sub) have welcomed him in the Party.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest all 288 seats for the forthcoming assembly elections scheduled to be held on October 13 on its own.
"As per the directives of party President Mayawati, we will fight alone in state assembly elections on all the 288 seats," BSP General Secretary and in charge of party affairs in Maharashtra, Vir Singh, MP, said today.
BSP has maintained its upward graph and thus party has decided to fight alone and create a situation where no party is in a position to form the government without its support, Singh told reporters.
Singh along with national secretary K K Sachan and state leaders is already camping in the city to select the probable candidates.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Maharashtra today released an 'appeal', instead of any manifesto, by the party chief and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati in the run-up to the October 13 Assembly elections in the state.
Releasing the appeal at a news conference here, BSP national general secretary Dr Suresh Mane said it asked the people of the state to vote the party to power for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden.
He said the party would contest all 288 Assembly seats in the state on its own and added the party chief and other senior leaders would campaign in the polls.
The BSP leader said the party will highlight the ill effects of wrong economic policies of the ruling Congress government at the Centre and state, its failure in handling atrocities against Dalits in the state, the indebtedness of the state (Rs 1,95,000 crore debt) and BSP's positive sides such as filling backlog of Backward Class employees, end of toll-tax system in Uttar Pradesh.
Emphasising that the number of seats won was not the only criterion for success, Mr Mane said in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, BSP had won 4.75 per cent votes (17,85,669 votes) and pointed that the party's voting percentage had increased in every election.
Asked whether BSP had received any invitation from the newly-created Republican Left Democratic Front (RLDF) to join them, Mr Mane said they had never joined any coalitions. If it does, it leads the coalition, he added.