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Sonia admits Uttarakhand BSP into fold

Vijay Simha
Indian Express, Sun Oct 04 1998

NEW DELHI, Oct 3: Reflecting the current plurality in her party, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today admitted virtually the entire Uttarakhand Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) unit into her fold while keeping speculation alive on a possible understanding with Kanshi Ram in Madhya Pradesh.

Led by the BSP Uttarakhand general secretary, and former UP minister, Harak Singh Rawat, a host of district BSP leaders, 15 block pramukhs, 28 ex-block pramukhs, 154 members of municipal boards, 875 kshetriya samiti members, 1,362 village pradhans and 215 women’s dal chiefs. Statistically, this is a lot. The Congress hopes to reap the political harvest too in the coming weeks. [more]