Lucknow, January 28
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati welcomed Quami Ekta Dal founder Muktar Ansari and his family into the party, to woo Muslim voters. Election heat is increasing with tri-party fight in Punjab. Bhagawath Man is waiting for official declaration from Aam Admi Party (AAP) as its CM candidate.
Muktar Ansari, who has been in Lucknow jail in connection with murder, kidnap and 40 other such criminal cases, has recently joined BSP, along with brother and son. On the occasion, Mayawati said ‘there are more big goons in other political parties than Ansari’.
One can say that Mayawati gained upper hand over SP and BSP in the race to win over Muslim votes. Mayawati already fielded 97 Muslim candidates in the elections in the State which has 18 per cent Muslim population. And now she added to her strength by admitting Ansari into her party.
Meanwhile, with the elections fast approaching the internal disputes in Samajwadi Party (SP) are also reportedly getting solved. Shivpal of Mulayam Singh group is trying to get into the good looks of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Shivpal termed the elections as ‘dharma yudh’ during the Republic Day programme at Itawah.
He criticized that all other parties are trying to cheat the public and expressed confidence that SP will form government again in the State.
RLD is giving a tough competition in UP, facing a heavy BJP, Congress-SP and BSP triangular competition. RLD chief Ajith Singh has released party’s seventh list of candidates, increasing the total number of candidates to 131. Ajith Singh is also likely to contest from any one of a choice of four constituencies. The UP elections will be held from February 11.
Congress and AAP are trying separately to put a check to Akalidal and BJP alliance that has been in power since 10 years. Congress reportedly gained strength with Sidhu’s entry, while AAP is trying to cash in on the anti-government votes. Bhagawath Maan’s name is making rounds as party’s CM candidate but AAP is yet to make it official. All parties busy in elections campaigns.