Lucknow: BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday directed party MPs to reach Delhi by July 17 at all cost to participate in the Presidential election and vote in favour of UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
"All party MPs should reach Delhi by July 17 at all cost. The next day I will preside over a meeting at the party office in Parliament where necessary directives regarding voting will be given," she told party MPs and MLAs here.
Mayawati directed the MPs to cast their vote on July 19 at the right time in favour of Mukherjee.
She also directed all party MLAs to reach Lucknow by July 17.
A meeting would be held next day at which Swami Prasad Maurya, Naseemuddin Siddiqui and other leaders would issue necessary directives, the BSP supremo said.
"The leaders will brief them about the voting method and what precautions are to be taken during voting," she said.
The former Chief Minister directed that no MLA should abstain from voting and all the MLAs should vote in favour of Mukherjee on July 19.
She assured Mukherjee that all party MPs would vote in his favour. "I am confident that other than UP, party MLAs in other states and an MP in Madhya Pradesh will vote in his favour."
Mayawati said Mukherjee would win with a very good margin as all know that along with the UPA some NDA allies were supporting him.
"His victory is natural," she said.
"Pranab Mukherjee is an able man and skilled in every aspect and the party has decided to extend full support to him," the BSP chief said.