All eyes now on Maya’s b’day cel­e­bra­tions

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Ra­jesh Ku­mar Singh ra­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ▪

LUCKNOW: After the for­mal an­nounce­ment of an elec­toral al­liance be­tween the Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) and the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) on Satur­day, all eyes are now on the 63rd birth­day cel­e­bra­tions of BSP chief Mayawati on Tues­day.

BSP has an­nounced to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion on Jan­uary 15 as ‘Jan Kalyankari Di­was’.

Ac­cord­ing to BSP lead­ers fa­mil­iar with the devel­op­ments, the party has fi­nalised can­di­dates on 38 seats and Mayawati may re­lease the list of can­di­dates on her birth­day.

How­ever, a few BSP lead­ers claimed that the party would an­nounce can­di­dates after a meet­ing be­tween SP and BSP lead­ers in Delhi on Jan­uary 16-17.

Though Mayawati has ear­lier an­nounced that she would not con­test Lok Sabha elec­tion, a BSP leader on con­di­tion of anonymity said she could be in the fray from Bi­jnore or Nag­ina seat in west UP or Ambed­kar Na­gar in the east.

BSP zonal co­or­di­na­tor Akhilesh Ambed­kar said the main birth­day func­tion would be or­gan­ised in the state unit of­fice with se­nior party lead­ers and of­fice­bear­ers. “Mem­bers of dis­trict units will cel­e­brate be­henji’s birth­day in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to party lead­ers, Mayawati will cel­e­brate her birth­day with state unit lead­ers and work­ers in Lucknow in the morn­ing and will leave for Delhi in the evening for cel­e­bra­tions with al­liance part­ners, party of­fice-bear­ers and fam­ily mem­bers.

“After an­nounc­ing that her party would main­tain dis­tance from the Con­gress, ‘be­henji’ (Mayawati) is work­ing to­wards the for­ma­tion of a non-Con­gress, non-BJP third front with re­gional par­ties which have strong base in their re­spec­tive states,” a BSP leader, who did not wish to be named, said.

“The pre-poll al­liance with SP was a step in that di­rec­tion,” he added. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Te­jashwi Ya­dav also met BSP chief Mayawati at her res­i­dence in Lucknow on Sun­day. BSP has al­ready fi­nalised al­liance with the In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) led by Ab­hay Chau­tala in Haryana and the Janta Con­gress Ch­hat­tis­garh (JCC) of for­mer chief min­is­ter Ajit Jogi in Ch­hat­tis­garh.

“BSP had also con­tested Kar­nataka assem­bly elec­tion in al­liance with the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) and played a piv­otal role in the for­ma­tion of the HD Ku­maraswamy gov­ern­ment. The lead­ers of re­gional par­ties in Jhark­hand and Bi­har are also in touch with her,” he said.

He added that dur­ing her stay in Delhi, Mayawati would meet the lead­ers of al­liance part­ners to fi­nalise can­di­dates in var­i­ous states. “After a week-long stay in Delhi, she will re­turn to Lucknow to re­view prepa­ra­tions for Lok Sabha elec­tion,” he added.

The leader said Mayawati would con­vene a meet­ing of party lead­ers, of­fice-bear­ers and lead­ers of bhai-chara com­mit­tee to fi­nalise the elec­tion strat­egy.

“In the first week of Fe­bru­ary,

SP-BSP is likely to launch the elec­tion cam­paign by hold­ing joint ral­lies by Mayawati and Akhilesh who may ad­dress at least two dozen pub­lic meet­ings across the state,” he said.

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