BSP comes out with first list of 50 candidates

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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.

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BSP rules out any coalition

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders on Friday ruled out any political coalition for the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections. The party has decided to contest all 182 seats. BSP on Friday declared a list of 50 candidates.

“Our leader Mayawati has decided that the party will contest all seats in Gujarat on its own and will not have any seat-sharing arrangement with other political parties,” Dharmaprakash Bhartiya, who is in-charge of Gujarat, said.

While announcing names of 50 party candidates, Bhartiya said that in 2007 assembly polls, BSP had fielded 166 candidates and secured 2.62% of the total votes. “We might not form a government but will definitely be the kingmaker in the state,” he said.

Bhartiya said that the party was very clear in its strategy. BSP is the first party to declare the list as there is no infighting in the party.

Accusing chief minister Narendra Modi of adopting ‘double standards’ on the issue of corruption, he said, “Modi is attacking the UPA government on the corruption issue but here one of his ministers has been involved in a multi-crore scam. The CM should resign on moral grounds as he is also involved in the scam.”

BSP to contest all 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Friday said it will put up candidates in all the 182 constituencies in Gujarat for the Assembly polls.

“Our leader Mayawati has decided that the party will contest from all the seats in Gujarat on its own and will not to have seat adjustments with any political party,” Member of Legislative Council (UP) Dharmaprakash Bhartiya told reporters here.

The party also declared the first list of 50 candidates.

In the 2007 Assembly polls, BSP had fielded candidates in 166 seats and secured 2.62 per cent of the total votes.

On the party’s prospects, he claimed, “We might not form our government but we will definitely be the king maker in the state.

“We are very clear in our strategy and no political party in the state has yet dared to select their candidates, which shows that they are mired in serious power struggles,” he said.

Accusing Chief Minister Narendra Modi of adopting ‘double standards’ on the issue of corruption, he said, “Modi is attacking the UPA government on the corruption issue but here one of his ministers has been allegedly involved in a multi-crore scam.”

“Modi should resign on moral grounds,” he demanded.

He said that BSP chief Mayawati will soon visit Gujarat for campaigning.

“Our leader Mayawati will definitely come, if needed than more than once to the state,” he said.

In the 2007 polls, BJP and Congress had cornered 49.12 per cent and 39.63 per cent of the votes respectively, whereas BSP came in the third place with a share of 2.62 per cent of votes.

Assembly Elections in the state are scheduled to be held on December 13 and 17 and counting of votes will be held on December 20.