The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is increasing its focus on the 86 reserved seats in UP ahead of the assembly polls, with its key strategy aimed at mobilising non-Dalit and upper caste votes, especially Brahmin votes in these constituencies.
BSP chief Mayawati held a marathon meeting with the Vidhan Sabha chiefs of each of these reserved seats on Tuesday in Lucknow and reviewed the works, especially of booth committees in increasing the party’s support base in these constituencies. 84 of 86 seats are reserved for scheduled castes (SCs) and two for scheduled tribes (STs).
National general secretary of the BSP and the party’s Brahmin face, Satish Mishra, has been entrusted with the responsibility of connecting with all the upper caste groups, especially Brahmin voters of each of these 86 reserved seats, Mayawati said at a press meet on Tuesday. Amid an eroding support base, the party is pinning hopes on registering big wins in these seats as Dalits form the party’s core voter base.
BSP had won only two (Sidhauli in Sitapur and Lalganj in Azamgarh) out of these 86 seats in the last polls; BJP won in 70 of them. However, it is now looking at replicating its 2007 performance when it won in 62 of these seats, with the support of the non-Dalits. Non-Dalit votes often become a deciding factor in these reserved seats that could see the splitting of Dalit/tribal votes.
BSP, that does not release a manifesto, launched a ‘folder’ carrying the works done by the previous BSP governments, to be distributed to the people. A BSP insider said, with the party targeting more youths, it is vital that they were informed of the works done by Mayawati as the CM.