Haridwar: Taking into account the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand in 2012, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has started its preparations to strengthen the party position in the state. The party will follow the policy of winning the confidence of Dalits, upper castes and minorities in the state.

The policy of BSP was clearly visible by the fact that several politicians belonging to upper castes have been included in the party cadres.

With the meeting of party workers in Haridwar, Mayawati began her poll campaign in state. If BSP wants to play a role of kingmaker in the state it will have to promote the concept of Sarva-Samaj.

Refuting the opposition’s allegation, Mayawati asserted that BSP’s ideology is not anti upper caste. BSP has always opposed the unequal social fabric. She said, “That is why, party wants to make upper caste as its cadres along with SC, ST, and OBC.”

After successfully implementing the social engineering formula in Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections in 2007, the party is aiming for a similar policy in Uttarakhand.

After the Mayawati’s visit, the party strategists are all set to woo the upper caste. BSP has planned to make ‘Bhai-Chara’ committees to include upper caste people in the party ranks.

In a welcome sign to BSP, several upper caste leaders had joined the party in the Kumaon Mandal even before Mayawati's visit.