Mayawati says no to alliance with Congress for MP, Rajasthan polls

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BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday announced that her party will not ally with the Congress for the assembly elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and contest the polls either on its own or in alliance with regional parties.

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A visibly upset Mayawati accused the Congress of trying to “finish” the BSP, saying the grand old party is more interested in ending destroying her party than dislodging the BJP.

Reading her statement before the media, the BS supremo said, “In Karnataka we tied up with regional party. In Chhattisgarh too, we did the same. Now we have decided to go alone in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. We may go with regional parties there but certainly not with the Congress.”

Mayawati had earlier announced that the BSP will tie up with Ajit Jogi’s party for the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls.

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are due for assembly polls within weeks and Mayawati’s announcement is also being linked to the attempts to stitch an anti-BJP alliance for the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.

However, many experts believe that her announcement may not have much impact on the outcome of the assembly polls since the BSP wasn’t a big player in these states. Veteran journalist and founder of Janta Ka Reporter, Rifat Jawaid tweeted, “Mayawati isn’t a player in MP and Rajasthan. Congress isn’t a significant player in Uttar Pradesh. This hype is just to project that opposition unity is in danger ahead of 2019 elections. The real news value will be if Mayawati and Akhilesh deal doesn’t happen in UP.”

Former diplomat KC Singh agreed, “Correct & why would she expose herself to danger of Gov Agencies’ hyper action six months before main election. Remember even Babu Jagjivan Ram had jumped ship post emergency last minute.”

The BSP leader, however, has not said if she will also not ally with the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls next year. It will be a serious setback to the opposition unity only if the BSP walks away with the planned grand alliance for the parliamentary elections next year.

The Congress leaders feel that they are capable of taking on the BJP on their own in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and did not need an ally with ‘unreasonable demand.’ Mayawati was understood to have asked for seats that were ‘hugely disproportionate’ to the vote share of her party in the last assembly polls.

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