Lucknow: Despite taking up several measures to project a clean image in the assembly elections, the efforts of the Bahujan Samaj Party seem to be proving a damp squib as a party legislator emerged as a game spoiler a day before BSP supremo Mayawati’s birthday. 

With removal of 19 ministers and dismissal of about 80 legislators, the BSP is trying hard to convince the voters of its credibility but a BSP MLA Aditya Pandey from Fatehpur created more trouble for the party on Saturday.

Accusing the party of selling tickets, Pandey said, “The OSD and the coordinator were demanding money in exchange of the ticket, not adhering to which a phone call was made to a minister to strike down the ticket.”

The BSP has yet not made the official declaration of the candidate list but the nominees have already started campaigning in the districts. While the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) ousted by the party have approached other havens, the rest are still keeping their fingers crossed for a ticket. However, the day this wait gets over, it is believed, more legislators may join Pandey to criticise the party.    

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party state president Akhilesh Yadav received a warm welcome on his arrival for an election rally in Azamgarh unlike Rahul Gandhi. Describing SP as a grassroot party, he gave the ‘winning mantra’ to the party workers for the upcoming UP polls.

The other contender in the state Janata Dal-United announced its list of 147 candidates on Saturday for the elections.

Moreover, Bharatiya Janata Party national Secretary Sudheendra Kulkarni told the reporters, “The party has prepared the Vision Document for development of the state that will be released on Monday.”

With elections preparations in full swing, some candidates filed nominations in the districts for the first phase polls. The process is expected to catch speed by Monday.

(JPN/Bureau)