BSP releases list of 100 candidates for UP Assembly polls; Muslims get major chunk

Lucknow, January 5
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today released the first list of 100 party candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The candidates are mostly from the western part of the state which goes to the polls in the first two phases of the elections on February 11 and 15. Ms Mayawati said she would be announcing the second list tomorrow. There are 403 assembly seats in UP and BSP will be contesting the polls alone.
The list includes 36 Muslims, 17 Dalits, 13 Brahmins and three women.
Two Congress turncoats Nawab Kazim Ali Khan and Dilnawaz Khan have been given ticket from their respective seats of Swar in Rampur and Sayana in Bulandshahr districts.
Another MLA Shyam Sunder Sharma, who switched over to BSP from Trinumool Congress, has been given ticket from Maat seat in Mathura district.
BSP senior leader Ramveer Upadhaya has been again chosen from Sadabad seat in Hathras district while his younger brother Mukul Upadhaya has been given ticket from Shikarpur seat in Bulandshahr district.
Earlier this week, Ms Mayawati had announced that of the total Assembly seats in UP, the major chunk of 113 seats will
go to the upper caste with Brahmins getting the major share of 66 seats, Thakur 36 and rest 11 will go to Kayasth, Vaishya and others.
The Other Backward Caste (OBCs) would get 106 seats, while there would be 97 Muslim candidates in the fray. Dalits will have
87 seats.

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