BSP to launch campaign next month
By Our Special Correspondent
LUCKNOW, JUNE 20. The Bahujan Samaj Party has announced plans to go in for a full-scale political campaign from next month in the expectation that Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in October this year itself and not March next year.
The BSP leader, Ms Mayawati, talking to newspersons here today said the campaign would be launched with district level demonstrations all over the State on July 20 to highlight the all-round failure of the BJP-led Government in the State.It would be followed by mass action which would continue till the elections are held.
Ms Mayawati said the party had already finalised the list of candidates for more than 50 per cent constituencies and selection of nominees for the rest of the seats would be completed shortly.Today she called a meeting of party functionaries, MLAs, MPs and prospective candidates for Assembly elections and discussed with them the party strategy for the campaign.
The issues to be taken up to thrash the Rajnath Singh Government include increasing atrocities on Dalits in various districts. Ms Mayawati condemned the removal of the chairpersons of the Scheduled Caste Commission, the Backward Classes Commission and the Minorities Commission on the ground that the incumbents had reached the age of superannuation at 65.She also raised the issue of vacant posts that should go to candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes as per reservation norms
Ms Mayawati demanded reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes and backward classes in public sector undertakings, private sector and higher judiciary in proportion to the population of these classes.
She simultaneously found fault with the State Government which had refused to issue a fresh notification to facilitate prosecution of BJP and VHP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.All these issues would be part of the party agenda to be taken up during its agitations against the Government and also later during elections.
The BSP leader alleged that the State Government had falsely implicated her party workers in recent killings of Dalits in Fatehpur and Aligarh districts.The BJP had been wary of a greater number of upper caste people flocking to her party and was conspiring to create caste tensions, she said.
Interestingly, at another news conference the BJP's UP unit president, Mr Kalraj Mishra, turning the table on the BSP, said the killings were the result of a conspiracy to defame his party and the State Government.While condemning the incidents, he said the Opposition was trying to politicise the issue which was unfortunate.
``This is an attempt to destroy the social harmony created by the State Government,'' Mr Mishra said, adding that the extent of the conspiracy would be revealed after the outcome of the administrative enquiry into the incidents was known.