Mayawati to meet zonal chiefs next week

The meeting, scheduled for March 25, gains political significance in view of a possible alliance between BSP and the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.

Sources say the BSP chief has not yet had talks on patching up a possible alliance with the SP, even as polls for 10 RS seats are slated for March 23 in UP.
New Delhi: BSP national president and former chief minister Mayawati is likely to hold talks with her party coordinators who handle different zones in Uttar Pradesh on March 25. Her meeting with state coordinators is politically significant in view of the possible BSP-SP alliance.

Sources said the coordinators generally meet on tenth day of every month in Lucknow. “Behenji (read Mayawati) is busy making sure that her party candidate wins the Rajya Sabha (RS) polls. Thus she plans to meet her party coordinators on March 25,” a BSP source told ET.

BSP nominee Bhimrao Ambedkar is likely to get votes from SP, Congress, Nishad party and RLD in RS polls. BSP sources said coordinators are in constant touch with the party MLAs of their respective areas.

Polls for 10 RS seats in UP would be held on March 23. Sources also said Mayawati has so far not spoken to them about the possible BSP-SP alliance.

“But, we have started reading the moods of our party cadre at the ground level following the BSP success to shift its votes to SP candidates in the byelection for Gorakhpur and Phulpur,” another source in BSP said.
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