BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday (March 12) declared that Bahujan Samaj Party will not tie-up with Congress in ‘any state’. She announced her decision through a press statement after her meeting with BSP top leaders.
“In the meeting, it was reiterated once again that the BSP will not go for any electoral understanding with the Congress in any state,” according to a BSP press statement.
“Mayawati said that the alliance between the BSP and Samajwadi Party is based on sincere intentions and mutual respect in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it is the first and perfect alliance that will cater to the need for social change and has the potential to defeat the BJP.”
The press statement went on to claim that ‘many parties are eager to join hands with the BSP’, but Mayawati would do nothing that would not be in the party’s benefit just for mere electoral gains.
Uttar Pradesh’s Congress spokesperson slammed Mayawati for her statement and claimed, “We don’t need her.”
“She doesn’t’ have even a single seat in Parliament. How can she decide, if the congress has to come on board or not? We are fighting the election alone and do not want an alliance. We don’t need her,” UP Congress spokesperson Rajiv Bakshi told news agency PTI.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who had tied up with the Congress for the 2017 UP polls with disastrous results, kept silent on any alliance with Congress this time.
The SP-BSP leaders earlier announced that their parties would fight 38 seats each, leaving the two Gandhi family strongholds of Amethi and Raebareli for the Congress. These were the only two seats the Congress could manage in the 2014 election.
On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav recently said that the Congress is a part of the UP Gahtbandhan (alliance), and it had been given the two seats: Amethi and Raebareli.