Lucknow: Along with preparations for the upcoming Assembly polls, the parties have started their political games as well. Smartly strategising their pre-poll advantage, Chief Minister Mayawati kicked off the election campaign from western Uttar Pradesh.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has a stronghold in at least 60 percent of the Assembly seats in western UP. Gautam Budh Nagar and Bijnor are few of the districts where the opposition even failed to open its book in the last Legislative Assembly polls. Also, as no other party barring the BJP has a good record in this area, the state government feels that it can gain more mileage here.

With the Samajwadi Party already reeling under internal conflict and the Congress performing poorly in both Assembly as well as 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BSP is trying to take advantage of these and grab anti-BJP and Muslim votes.

On the other hand, in the absence of a strong ally, the RLD is already feeling insecure. Keeping all these factors in mind, the BSP is trying its best to uphold the winning turf.

Sensing the situation, Chief Minister Mayawati formally announced the formation of three new districts in UP, Hapur, Shamli and Sambhal.

While new Shamli district is bound to give a headache to the RLD, the SP would now be required to tackle a new problem with Sambhal being formed as a district.

Also with the announcement of creating small states, Mayawati has challenged RLD chief Ajit Singh in his own constituency.

(JPN/ Bureau)