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ELEC­TION STRAT­EGY

Sev­eral big ral­lies by Mayawati (she has al­ready ad­dressed 35), the party’s only charis­matic face, across UP, in­clud­ing Luc­know, Agra, Sa­ha­ran­pur and Aza­m­garh

STRENGTHS

Charisma of Mayawati as CM can­di­date, great crowd-puller Strong record of con­trol­ling crime Gave high­est num­ber of tick­ets to Mus­lims: 103

Strong­est in West UP and Bun­delk­hand, which go to polls early, and will cre­ate an early buzz Piv­otal player, can be wooed by both sides given a hung assem­bly

Has re­vived BAMCEF, trade union of Dalit work­ers, which will help her; has strong core vot­ers

Ad­van­tage of early ticket dis­tri­bu­tion with reg­u­lar up­dates. Made head­way in terms of time

WEAK­NESSES

No con­nect with main­stream me­dia No sec­ond line of lead­er­ship De­spite good crime record, gave tick­ets to in­fa­mous dons for their ‘winnabil­ity’ Sev­eral se­nior OBC lead­ers have left the party Party supremo Mayawati dic­ta­to­rial, trusts very few peo­ple

SUP­PORT BASE

Strong pres­ence among Dal­its, Mus­lims and Brah­min vot­ers

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