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BSP supremo Mayawati has asked her coalition partner Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav to contest the Amethi seat in the Uttar Pradesh polls, said sources. Amethi is Rahul Gandhi's constituency and a Congress bastion.
The development comes after Priyanka Gandhi met with Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad in Meerut on Wednesday.
Mayawati and Akhilesh are not happy with Congress UP General Secretary meeting the Bhim Army chief, said sources.
For Mayawati, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's visit ot Meerut to see Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad is an attempt to damage BSP core vote, said sources. She will instruct the party cadre to tackle it, the sources added.
The BSP-SP coalition in the state had left both the seats for the Congress and had planned to contest in all the other seats with its partner RLD.
Sources said that Mayawati was likely to suggest removing some of the weak candidates with strong ones in seats where Congress was likely to fare better.
Mayawati will also hold the BSP core committee meeting on Thursday at 11 am at its headquarters in Lucknow with Akhilesh Yadav. All BSP coordinators are called for this meeting. Mayawati will discuss party's strategy and instruct party workers for the elections, said sources.
The BSP Candidate list is expected to be announced after this meeting.
The key agendas of core committee meet are to be push party cadre, neutralize Congress effect especially among Muslim voters, and to tackle rising Bhim Army influence in UP west, sources said.
Akhilesh Yadav will also be present in the meeting, sources said. Mayawati and Yadav will hold joint election rallies for the polls and will discussing joint election rallies plan to start campaign. Both leaders will chalk out election campaign plan for mahagathbandhan. First joint rally could be held in UP west.