LUCKNOW: Even as the state administration claimed that all precautions have been taken for the mega rally of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday to celebrate the party’s silver jubilee, privately many of the officials are keeping their fingers crossed.
For, in a BSP rally in 2002, 16 Dalits supporters of the party were killed in a stampede as they were returning home.
Chief Minister Mayawati had expressed her heartiest greetings and good wishes to the people of the country on the occasion of 76th anniversary of the founder of the BSP the late Kanshi Ram, whose birthday falls on Monday.
The party completed 25 years of its existence last year on April 14, the birthday of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, but could not celebrate the occasion in the wake of the parliamentary elections under way.
All prominent government and party buildings had been fluttering with blue buntings and the whole capital city was hallowed in the party hue.
Adequate police, commandos and intelligence sleuths were keeping a constant vigil as 20-25 lakh party supporters are expected to reach the rally ground named after Dr Ambedkar’s wife Ramabai.
By one count, it will be the 305th rally addressed by Mayawati since 1984, and the largest ever.
Observers said that through these rallies Mayawati wants to ensure that her core vote bank remains intact, in the wake of Congress revival orchestrated by Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi.