Lucknow: The Urban Body elections in Uttar Pradesh which are being termed as semi-finals before the state assembly elections scheduled in 2012, has left the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Opposition in an awkward position.

The BSP wants to avoid the urban bodies elections as it may affect the assembly polls 2012 results, whereas the Opposition is in a jittery over finalising candidates for the polls.

Opposition in UP fears that any member who is denied a ticket in urban body polls may not actively participate in party campaign in the assembly elections.

The state houses 13 Municipal Corporations, 194 Nagar Palika Parishad and 423 Nagar Panchayats in UP.

Around four crore voters will exercise their franchise in these elections which covers almost 1/3 of the total assembly seats.

The BSP wants to recuse itself from the urban local bodies’ elections as it has weak grip in urban areas. In the last Lok Sabha elections, the party had to face defeat in Lucknow, Kanpur, Moradabad, Bareli, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Agra and Allahabad.

The BSP believes that the local bodies’ elections before the assembly polls will be considered as people’s choice which can go against the Mayawati-led BSP. In this view, the BSP does not want to take any risk.

Meanwhile, the opposition is also shying away from these elections. Reason being that party workers at the ground level are contenders for posts like Mayor, Chairman of Nagar Palika Parishad and 11, 000 others.

These party workers only bring voters to the polling booths but all of them cannot be given party representation..

In this view, the Opposition is worried that if a party worker does not get ticket, he/she may shift their loyalties to another political outfit.

JPN/Bureau