The Samajwadi Party will send over 500 youth leaders from its frontal organisations to Bihar, besides senior leaders from Uttar Pradesh districts bordering the poll-bound state. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is set to declare his poll programme Thursday.
Two or more youth leaders will be assigned to every constituency for coordinating the campaign of the candidate of the SP-led Samajwadi Secular Front. The number of leaders will be higher in many of the 85 seats that the SP is contesting.
“We have already sent the first batch of 100 youth leaders. Other groups are leaving within two days. More than 500 youth leaders will be stationed in Bihar until polling,” Arvind Singh Gope, SP general secretary, told The Indian Express.
The youth leaders have been drawn from four frontal organisations — Lohia Vahini, Yuvjan Sabha, Chhatra Sabha and Mulayam Singh Youth Brigade. Gope briefed the youth leaders at in Lucknow Tuesday about instructions from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and handed letters to 100 of them specifying the constituency where each has to work. “We are taking the Bihar polls very seriously. We will win a number of seats,” Gope said.
Similar instructions to move to Bihar have been sent to all SP leaders in the border districts. “All important leaders and district-level officer-bearers in the border districts, s well as some in Poorvanchal, have been asked to leave for Bihar. It will be the first time that SP leaders are present in such large number for an election in Bihar,” Gope said.
Twenty leaders including nine ministers, Rajya Sabha MPs and MLC, besides Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav are in the party’s star campaigner’s list. Apart from Azam Khan, Shivpal Yadav and Gayatri Prajapti, the other six ministers are from eastern UP: Om Prakash Singh, Balram Yadav, Ramgovind Choudhary, Ambika Choudhary, Parasnath Yadav and Narad Rai.
The 20 star campaigners include only two leaders from Bihar — its state unit president Ramchandra Yadav and former Union minister Raghunath Jha, who left the RJD to join the SP recently.