Lucknow: Eyeing the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, both the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are trying to woo the voters by alluring them with several benefits. Be it the Land Acquisition Act or loan waiver schemes, both the parties are somersaulting to get ahead to consolidate their vote bank.

Both the Congress and BSP are trying to cash in on the Bhatta-Parsaul incident and the continuous visits of Rahul Gandhi to the state have irked the ruling government.

Augmenting the heat in political circles, the BSP has also started preparations to defend its fort. On the one hand the BSP is trying to settle political score by giving several benefits like compensations to the injured farmers in Greater Noida land row, on the other the Congress also wants to play farmers card by tabling Land Acquisition Act in the monsoon session of Parliament.

The BSP is also trying to gather more votes by raising the rhetoric for small states. Mayawati in a letter to the Prime Minister also discussed the issue. She already wants to segregate Uttar Pradesh into Bundelkhand and Purvanchal.

In a bid to allure the voters, the Congress tried to waive off the loans of the farmers. Mayawati government also accepted the demands of the Muslim voters to appoint only Maulvis as Urdu teachers in schools.

JPN/Bureau