The wait for Bahujan Samaj Party leaders aspiring to contest the coming parliamentary elections continued with party chief Mayawati set to make a final announcement in Delhi on Friday.
Mayawati reportedly gave final touches to the list of candidates for the general election but sources said that a final announcement would be made only after she consulted her main alliance partner Samajwadi Party.
Besides finalising the names in Lucknow on Thursday, the BSP chief also discussed other electoral issues with senior leaders during a meeting.
A BSP communiqué said that Mayawati held a meeting with important district and division-level leaders of the state at the party’s Mall Avenue office here on Thursday. In the meeting, candidates and other important electoral and political issues were discussed.
The decisions taken in the meeting will be carried forward and discussed with top brass of alliance partner Samajwadi Party.
The release said that based on feedback received, the appeals made by BSP and SP leaders have had a good impact on the people. Workers of all three alliance partners, including Rashtriya Lok Dal, have switched on to election mode, setting aside their differences.
Mayawati has now directed partymen to ensure strict compliance of model code of conduct. She has also directed BSP workers to ensure that the birth anniversaries of party ideologues Kanshi Ram and Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar are celebrated on March 15 and April 14, respectively, in accordance with the poll code.
The release further said that Mayawati asked party workers and leaders to work wholeheartedly to ensure the victory of BSP-SP-RLD coalition.
Mayawati also cautioned leaders that the BJP would use “all tricks” to win the elections, specially as the BSP-SP coalition has emerged as a strong alternative in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. She advised party leaders to keep an eye on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
But Congress general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia meeting with Dalit leader Chandrasekhar Azad alias Ravan at a Meerut hospital on Wednesday has somewhat ruffled the BSP chief as she sees the visit as a covert move to win over the Dalit votes in west UP.
Apprehending that Dalits could sway towards the Congress, Mayawati had earlier ruled out any poll alliance with the grand old party anywhere in the country for Lok Sabha polls.