BSP first to release list of 401 candidates for UP Assy polls

The Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday announced the fourth list of 101 candidates for the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. The names of BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar and legislative party leader Gaya Charan Dinkar figure in the third list.

The BSP chief had said she had finalised the names of candidates long ago and there will be no change in it. With this announcement, the party has released names of 401 candidates for the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

Muslims have traditionally voted for the SP, but the recent power struggle in the party which has taken it to the verge of a split has triggered concerns that the Muslim vote might get divided.

Mayawati told the media here that Muslims would have to be extra cautious in the coming assembly elections and not waste their vote on the Samajwadi Party which she said was on the verge of splitting.

"Muslims and upper castes were responsible for Mayawati's victory in 2007 and her subsequent defeat in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh election". According to a party release, candidates for the two remaining seats will be announced once the Election Commission decides about their reservation status. "If she manages to direct the entire Muslim vote her way, she could pose a tough challenge to BJP and SP", said Lucknow-based political analyst S.K. Dwivedi.

Giving caste-wise details of the shortlisted candidates, she had said 87 tickets will be given to Dalits, 97 to Muslims and 106 to OBCs. Earlier this week, Ms Mayawati had announced that of the total Assembly seats in UP, the major chunk of 113 seats will go to the upper caste Brahmins, who will be getting the major share of 66 seats, Thakurs 36 and rest 11 will go to Kayasth, Vaishya and others.

  • Eleanor Harrison