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Mystery Mayawati baffles with late campaign surge

AGRA: The jam-packed Kothi Meena Bazar ground can boost the morale of even the most depressed campaigner. A Bahujan Volunteer Force member controlling the crowd at Mayawati’s rally gives out the number. “We have got 50,000 chairs at the venue and an equal number of supporters waiting outside,” he says.

The crowd at the rally and those attending it may give the impression that any talk of anti-incumbency is premature. But a large number of them anyway make up her core vote base, which appears to be intact. But this voter base alone will not be able to ensure Maya a victory. And Maya, while keeping her flock intact, may have alienated other sections of society, whose additional votes she now needs to pull past rivals.

The maverick BSP chief anyway has flummoxed pollsters by her unconventional way of campaigning. While her rivals were toiling for over two months, Mayawati started her election campaign just a week before the first phase. And she is in no hurry to make up the lost ground. Despite being the sole star campaigner for her party, she is addressing just two rallies on an average . On Tuesday, she was in Aligarh and Agra, both the districts going to polls in the sixth phase on February 28.

The script of the speech that lasted for nearly an hour was the same at both the places, apart from reference to the candidates of the two districts. “She is holding just one rally in each district where all the candidates are called. Each candidate brings his supporters and bears the cost,” says a volunteer. That explains the surge of supporters at the BSP chief’s rallies.

In Agra, Mayawati started her speech by expressing gratitude to the crowd: “Aap apne chhote gaadio se aaye…iske liye aap sabho ko shukriya (I thank all of you who took the pain and came in their small vehicles.”

She dedicated most of her speech to bashing the Congress and its “yuvraj” Rahul Gandhi, and the rest, including the Samajwadi Party and BJP, got just a few passing references , even though Agra has a BJP MP. Continuing her attack on Congress, she said that the elevation of a dalit woman as the CM of the most populated state had not gown down well with the upper caste and casteist politicians, who are leaving no stone unturned to unseat her.
“Congress yuvraj says Mayawati was better before she became CM. His statement is insulting for the entire sarv samaj,” she said.

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