ROAD TO 2017
wooing these leaders, holding secret parleys and playing on their disgruntlements. That more BSP leaders are hitching their wagons to the BJP star is indicative of the sidelining of Mayawati in the electoral equation though she is still expected to do better than the Congress, which is making a determined bid under Rahul Gandhi to do better than in 2012 (when it had won just 28 seats). Next in line are 200 rallies for the OBC sections, each covering two assembly seats. Amongst the OBCs, the party is banking mainly on the Maurya, Kurmi and Nishad castes and a small chunk of the Yadav vote (given the mudslinging in the Mulayam family and the fact that many voted for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls). The party is confident the Brahmins will stand by it, unlike in the 2007 and 2012 assembly polls. In fact, Muslims are the only group the party is not wooing (so much so, it is not even putting up booth committees in many Muslim areas).
Along with the OBC rallies, the party is also planning on taking out four 100-day parivartan yatras after the next Dussehra, covering 10 spots