Mayawati slips into poll mode
June 12th, 2010
The Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are scheduled for 2012 but all
major political parties have already slipped into the poll mode,
giving rise to speculation about an early election in the state.
The ruling BSP has launched a massive exercise to prepare for the
elections. Besides a party revamp, the UP Chief Minister and BSP
president, Ms Mayawati, has set a definite time frame for completion
of all projects initiated by her. The Chief Minister is now going out
of her way to placate her Dalit voters and is simultaneously keeping
the upper caste Brahmins in good humour too.
"Suddenly the government is working in the fast-forward mode and this
gives us an indication that the Chief Minister may opt for elections
next year. She has not said a word to us on this but the general
feeling is that she is in a hurry to wrap up things," admitted a
senior BSP MLA.
Apparently, Ms Mayawati feels that the anti-incumbency factor would
build up against her government and the situation would not be
entirely in her favour by 2012. Moreover, this will give time to the
Congress to set its house in order and pose a challenge to the BSP.
With Ms Mayawati pulling out all stops to prepare for the elections,
other political parties are also gearing up for the electoral battle.
The Samajwadi Party has also started the process of candidate
selection and is short listing a panel of candidates for all Assembly
segments. "We apprehend early elections and are therefore preparing
for the situation. Our candidates are likely to be announced by
September," said party spokesman, Mr Rajendra Choudhury.
The Congress is also busy with interviews of prospective candidates
and the party, this time, wants to declare its candidates well in
advance, without waiting for rivals to go public with their lists.
"Ms Mayawati will call for elections sometime next year because she is
nervous about her party's declining popularity graph. We are not
taking things lightly and are ready to deal with any surprises that Ms
Mayawati may throw at us," said a senior UPCC leader.
The Bhartiya Janata Party, meanwhile, is lagging behind when it comes
to poll preparedness. The newly appointed state BJP president, Mr
Surya Pratap Shahi, said, "We are aware that polls may be held next
year, ahead of schedule, and we are also preparing for it. I am trying
to familiarise myself with the situation and the decision will be
taken at the appropriate time."
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