Mayawati's Poll Campaign to Begin With Agra Rally, Eye on Dalit-Muslim Votes

Sumit Pande First published: August 20, 2016, 9:45 AM IST | Updated: 6 hours ago

In a clear departure from the past, and facing one of the toughest electoral battles in her political career, BSP chief Mayawati has decided to hit the campaign trail much ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year. The first phase of BSP's campaign will be flagged off at a massive rally by the Dalit czarina in Agra on Sunday, from the same venue where Narendra Modi launched his UP campaign in the run up to 2014 general elections.

In this first phase of electoral blitzkrieg, Mayawati in the next one month will be addressing three more rallies- one every week- in different zones of the state. The Agra show of strength will be followed by a rally each at Azamgarh, Allahabad and Saharapur.

Party general secretary and BSP's Muslim face, Nasimuddin Siddiqui, will be in charge of this first phase of campaign. Preparations are on at full swing, BSP is hoping to draw in huge crowds- at least five-lakh people by party estimates- at each of this show of strength.

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