New Delhi: With an eye on polls in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the Congress has launched a special focus on all 85 constituencies reserved for Dalits to get the best results.

Congress general secretary and star campaigner Rahul Gandhi has asked SC/ST Commission chairman PL Punia and young Dalit face of the party, Ashok Tanwar to look after the party’s poll strategy in all the reserved constituencies of the state.

According to the sources, both the leaders have submitted a report to the party high command following which the Congress is asking its star campaigners to address the election rallies in these constituencies to garner Dalit support.

Meanwhile, the Congress is aggressively raising the issue of corruption which is rampant in BSP rule. The party leaders are also counting Mayawati’s failure in implementing several developmental schemes sponsored by the Centre. The Congress has also held Mayawati responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

Notably, in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Mayawati’s BSP successfully managed to bag 61 seats out of 89 reserved seats. The party had fielded 14 Muslim candidates and won four.

Dalits constitute 22 percent of the total population of the state and are considered to be strong vote-bank of the ruling BSP.

Elections in UP will be held in seven different phases between February 8to March 3. Results will be declared on March 6.