Mayawati on Monday kick-started Bahujan Samaj Party’s poll campaign in Punjab with a rally in Phagwara. In her one-day election campaign for state, BSP supremo will address another election rally in Kalan in Barnala.
In 2012 assembly elections, Bahujan Samaj Party did not win any seats, however did manage to marginally increase the voting percentage from 4.13 to 4.28. The party has good vote share in several pockets and holds the balance.
Interestingly, for Punjab assembly elections 2017 BSP has overlooked its 10 out of 12 candidates who secured highest votes among all the party nominees in the 2012 assembly elections. Out of these 12, five have joined other parties, two are not contesting and only two have been repeated.
Notably, 11 out of those 12 seats important for BSP were in Doaba.
In Phagwara, BSP fielded Jarnail Nangal, who managed to be party’s second highest grosser, but since he has left the party and is now an AAP candidate.
Here are the live updates:
#BJP in 2014 promised a lot of things, they said they will bring back black money from Swiss Banks in 100 days, instead they banned notes which caused problems for poor people across the nation: Mayawati
#Poor people in Punjab are very upset, BSP has taken care of all classes in UP, people still remember it: Mayawati
#If you want BSP govt in Punjab just like UP then vote for us so that we can run an administration sensitive to all religions: BSP chief Mayawati
#Right now, whole of Punjab is inundated in alcohol and drugs and SAD-BJP govt is responsible for that: Mayawati
#If BSP is elected in Punjab we will bring back the youth of state from this malice and will route out this drug trade: Mayawati
People of Punjab should be beware of all parties, and be alert of lucrative promises of all other parties: Mayawati
#Poverty and inflation have gone up, while government focusses on only developing conditions of rich people: Mayawati
#Corruption has touched new heights in Punjab, so much so that nothing is being done for the poor of the state: BSP supremo
#BJP, just like Congress, does not care for backward classes: Mayawati
#Every benefit is being given to rich and upper class people: Mayawati
#These conditions persists due to colluding of BJP and Congress on the matter: Mayawati
#Reservation in promotions bill was passed in Rajya Sabha but it was stuck in Lok Sabha: Mayawati
#BSP is fighting elections in Punjab on its own: Mayawati
#BSP has kept ticket allotment very transparent, we are connected with people: BSP supremo
#There has been no change in status of backward classes in Punjab in the last 60 years: Mayawati
#The existing reservation is also under threat: Mayawati