Lucknow: With the ruling BSP bracing up for the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday on Sunday will be a low key affair unlike previous years.

To celebrate the 56th birthday of the BSP supremo, a programme will be held at the party office here on Sunday in which workers and office bearers will take part, party sources said.

Mayawati will address party workers and appeal to them to hold rallies in villages to ensure the party's victory, the sources said.

She is also likely to issue the list of party candidates as the BSP has not formally announced the names of its nominees, they said, adding that Mayawati will also release a new volume of her biography.

Mayawati's birthday celebrations in the past have been extravagant often courting controversy over the expenses incurred, active participation of bureaucrats and observance of the day as “arthik sahyog diwas".

Last year, she had announced around 600 new projects on the occasion.

Mayawati is expected to start campaign in Uttaranchal on January 16 and later in Punjab.

In Uttar Pradesh, she will begin her electioneering later this month for the 55 constituencies going to polls in the first phase on February 8.

(Agencies)