Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Thursday announced that her party will rather vote for candidates of the BJP or any other party to ensure the defeat of Samajwadi Party aspirants in elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council due to be held soon. She said any candidate from any party, who will be dominant over the SP’s candidate, will get BSP MLAs support.
For the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BSP and the SP had contested together as the Mahagathbandhan against the BJP. Calling it one of the biggest mistakes of her life, the BSP leader said it was a mistake to withdraw the 1995 case against the Samajwadi Party in the interests of the alliance. On the request of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, the BSP withdrew the infamous state guesthouse case against Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Speaking to ANI, Mayawati said the behaviour of the SP was not good during 2019 Lok Sabha election. The BSP worked very hard from Day 1 of coalition while Akhilesh Yadav kept telling SC Mishra to take back the case, she said.
Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats. The alliance of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party had decided to contest on 38 seats each. They also did not put up a candidate against then Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli. Rahul Gandhi lost from Amethi to Smriti Irani of the BJP in the 2019 election. He continues to be a Lok Sabha MP since he won from Wayanad in Kerala.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BSP had won 10 seats of the 38 it contested and the SP registered victory in 5 seats. A month after the results, Mayawati announced the breaking of the alliance.
Reacting to Mayawati’s comments, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the SP is supporting the RJD in Bihar and urged her to convince her supporters to vote for the BJP to defeat the SP.