The rally is expected to be attended by BSP chief Mayawati, SP president Akhilesh Yadav and RLD boss Ajit Singh. What also makes Saharanpur crucial for the Congress is that Dalit leader Chandrashekhar Azad hails from there. “We believe it is the decision of Mayawati to hold the alliance’s first joint rally at Saharanpur because Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar is giving her nightmares…. He has the potential of snatching from Mayawati her Dalit support base,” said a Congress leader who didn’t want to be identified. Since Masood’s entry into the Congress in 2013, the party has become an important player in the region.
Source: The Telegraph March 16, 2019 00:11 UTC