Day before,Maya works phones,and on her book

Sources said she has spent the past few days trying to keep the morale of party workers up.

Written by Sanjay Singh | Lucknow | Published: March 5, 2012 9:39:18 pm

With results less than 24 hours away,Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati began her day today writing a few pages of her autobiography,titled ‘A travelogue of my struggle-ridden life and the BSP movement’.

Ignoring all opinion and exit polls as usual — she has never hidden her contempt for them — she made routine phone calls to party coordinators,some candidates and senior BSP leaders. Sources said party functionaries were directed to ignore predictions and pay attention to candidates’ requirements during the counting process.

Sticking to another tradition,she remained,unlike leaders of other parties,in her home,away from the media. There were no crowds waiting to meet her,and the gate of the BSP office,next door to her residence,remained locked. The official chief minister’s residence is some distance away.

Sources said she has spent the past few days trying to keep the morale of party workers up. “She is cool and calm. After the end of campaigning,she is using most of her time to write her autobiography,” said a party source. Mayawati is writing the eighth volume of the autobiography,known in BSP circles as the ‘Blue Book’. The last volume was released on her birthday on January 15.

Like Mayawati,senior BSP leaders — including Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Satish Chandra Mishra — remained unavailable.

Staff at the party office expressed annoyance over the exit polls. “They talk as if they are voters,” said one about TV channels.

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