While Mayawati is expected to address around 65 meetings in all, BSP is yet to release a detailed schedule.
Sandeep, 25, will be contesting a seat his grandfather won eight times and lost twice -Atrauli, one of the seven assembly seats of Aligarh district.
Muslim clerics are seen as influential enough to sway the community’s vote, who account for nearly 18 per cent of the state.
The BSP anthem is written by Bollywood lyricist Manoj Muntashir, sung by Divya Kumar and Aishwarya Nigam with Vishal Mishra as the music director.
The party has chosen its candidates for most of the 117 constituencies in Punjab.
Addressing a news conference here on the occasion of her 61st birthday, Mayawati said a “loss” in UP will make the BJP incapable of easily returning to power at the Centre again.
The party has chosen only 17 candidates from Kushwaha caste, also known by surnames Maurya, Shakya and Saini. In 2012, the party had selected 25 candidates from these castes.
In some districts, a father and his son are contesting two seats. In others, a pair of siblings are contesting in seats next to each other.
Seats for 97 Muslim candidates include Deoband and most of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Bijnor
Hazratganj Station House Officer D K Upadhyaya said Ayush Kumar, son of former MLA late Ashok Kumar, was driving the car.
On Sunday, BSP chief Mayawati met party coordinators and office-bearers to discuss strategy for the polls. She asked them to “expose” the SP govt on lawlessness and the Centre on demonetisation.
Mayawati also hit out at the Centre, saying the decision to present the budget during the elections has been taken with an intention to influence the voters by making “populist announcements”.
Akhilesh's supporters expect him to move beyond the Yadav-Muslim combine that has been the SP’s mainstay, and further distance it from its image of a party of goons.
In 2007, Mayawati had wooed Brahmins in a big way, organising Brahmin conventions for nearly two years, with BSP’s Brahmin face Satish Chandra Misra emerging as a star campaigner.
As the first two phases will cover western UP districts, including riot-scarred Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, this seems to give an edge to the BJP which remains strongest in the region.
As Akhilesh takes control, party leaders are watching how he will lead a party that has been synonymous with his father’s name.
There was no word on what transpired at the meeting, but speculation was rife that father and son would make peace again.
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Both camps are staking claim to the cycle poll symbol of the SP.
“As long as Mulayam Singhji is leading the party we will be with him."
MLC Rajpal Kashyap said that over 90 per cent of the delegates put their signatures on the proposals taken up at the convention, including the appointment.
Sources said the support offered by a majority of party leaders and workers to Akhilesh’s elevation and Akhilesh’s control of the government machinery were seen as hurdles to Mulayam’s convention.
With the scales tilted in favour of Akhilesh, only a few leaders visited Mulayam on Sunday.
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Akhilesh’s supporters, who were overseeing the preparations at the park, said a “new Akhilesh” would emerge from Sunday’s meeting.
A section in the Samajwadi Party wants Akhilesh elevated as the executive national president of the SP.
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Mulayam and Shivpal, who have announced names of candidates for 395 seats, have chosen new candidates on as many as 55 seats represented by sitting SP MLAs who are still in the party.
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The party’s public meeting in Lucknow district on Saturday will be presided over by former state president Dayaram Pal, who hails from the backward Gadariya caste.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that a “thorough investigation” would be done to ascertain the cause of the Sealdah-Ajmer Express train derailment
Fourteen coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer Express went off the tracks at Rura in Kanpur Dehat district at about 5:30 am on Wednesday.
The ED on Monday found that Rs. 102 crore was deposited in Rs 1,000 notes while the remaining amount was deposited in old Rs. 500 notes in the BSP’s account at the Union Bank of India
Maganlal, who studied till XII, is known as a doctor in the village, having run the clinic since the 1970s after having worked as a doctor’s assistant in Palia earlier.
Mayawati claimed that the cash deposits were made “as per the rules”.
As demonetisation hits the home stretch of the 50-day deadline set by the Prime Minister, the simmering discontent in the leather and shoe-making industry boiled onto the streets on December 14.
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