Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced its first list of candidates for 50 assembly constituencies in the state on Wednesday.
Releasing the list at Bharuch, state general secretary Arvindsinh Rana said, “Our candidates will contest on all the 182 seats of Gujarat assembly. The first list has been approved by BSP supremo Mayawati. The candidates are educated and carry a good reputation in their respective constituencies.”
He said that Mayawati will address four public meetings in Gujarat during the poll campaign.
“The people of Uttar Pradesh have witnessed development under the BSP rule. We are going to promote the party’s agenda before the voters of Gujarat,” he said.
The BSP has been trying to expand its base outside its strong hold of Uttar Pradesh. The party had also put up candidates on 166 seats in the last assembly polls. It had failed to win a single seat. The candidates had polled 2.62 per cent of the total votes cast in the state.
The total votes polled by the 166 candidates from this national party were 5, 72,540. However, the number was greater than the votes that some of the other national parties like the CPM, CPI and NCP had polled. It needs to be mentioned that these national parties had fielded a far lesser number of candidates as compared to the BSP in the 2007 polls.