Lucknow: The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati is focusing on Muslims vote banks in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections scheduled to be held in February next year.
Mayawati focusing more keenly on the Muslim vote in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP has identified Muslim youths as its target group and identified the faces to win them over.
She has asked the party’s muslim face, general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, to take charge of party affairs in western UP with its large Muslim population.
The BSP chief has also appointed Nassemuddin’s son Afzal Siddiqui, 27, as “Muslim bhaichara-in-charge” of six key divisions- Meerut, Saharanpur, Bareilly, Moradabad, Aligarh and Agra.
Afzal heads a team of 12 divisional conveners, all Muslims and most aged below 40. They are interacting on the ground with voters in these assembly seats.
On other hand, there are conveners for SC seats too, and most members of that bhaichara team too are youngsters.
Mayawati had urged Muslims at a rally in Lucknow recently to vote for the BSP en bloc to stop the BJP, rather than “waste their votes” on the SP or the Congress.