Mayawati, Akhilesh and Yogi to hit cam­paign trail

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LUC­KNOW: Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath, Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) na­tional pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati will hit the cam­paign trail in Gujarat where as­sem­bly elec­tions are sched­uled on De­cem­ber 9 and 14.

Yogi Adityanath, who par­tic­i­pated in Gujarat Gau­rav Ya­tra in mid-Oc­to­ber, is likely to ad­dress a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings across the poll bound state af­ter the con­clu­sion of the ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies elec­tion in UP.

Once the UP cam­paign con­cludes on Novem­ber 27, he will head to Gujarat to ad­dress pub­lic meet­ings and par­tic­i­pate in road shows there.

Dur­ing Gau­rav Ya­tra, he hit out at Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, ask­ing how a leader who ‘ig­nored’ his con­stituency Ame­thi could bring about de­vel­op­ment in Gujarat.

Akhilesh Ya­dav will ad­dress pub­lic meet­ings in sup­port of Congress can­di­dates in Gujarat. The SP will fo­cus on the area that has a strong pres­ence of mi­grants from UP and other North In­dian states.

The Sa­ma­jwadi Party has de­cided to field can­di­dates for half-a-dozen as­sem­bly seats in Gujarat and Akhilesh Ya­dav has said the party will sup­port the Congress for the re­main­ing seats. The Congress con­tested UP polls in al­liance with the SP.

The Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party has de­cided to field can­di­dates for 182 seats in Gujarat and party chief Mayawati will launch the cam­paign.

She plans to woo dal­its, who con­sti­tute 6% of the state’s pop­u­la­tion, Mus­lims and tribal com­mu­ni­ties in order to chal­lenge the BJP and the Congress.

In the 2012 as­sem­bly elec­tion, the BSP fielded can­di­dates for 163 as­sem­bly seats but drew a blank. The party polled 1.25% of the vote.

In the 2007 as­sem­bly elec­tion, the BSP fielded can­di­dates for 166 seats, but failed to win any, polling 2.62% votes.

Mayawati vis­ited Gujarat in Au­gust last year to meet the Una at­tack vic­tims. Cow vig­i­lante group mem­bers had pub­licly flogged Dal­its in Una, Gujarat, in July last year.

The BSP has held demon­stra­tions in sup­port of the vic­tims and sup­ported the Dalit or­gan­i­sa­tions that launched a move­ment on the is­sue. The BSP felt it was in a po­si­tion to make a dent into the Dalit votes of the BJP and the Congress.

To con­sol­i­date the sup­port, she ap­pointed the party’s UP state unit pres­i­dent Ra­machal Ra­jb­har in-charge of Gujarat.

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BSP pres­i­dent Mayawati, SP pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav and Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath.

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