Lok Sabha elections 2019: Mayawati rules out alliance with Congress in any state, says SP-BSP enough to defeat BJP

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Published: March 12, 2019 4:24:19 PM

Mayawati said that while several parties were eager for an alliance with the BSP, her party would not do anything for mere electoral gains as it could "harm the BSP movement".

BSP’s no to Congress is expected to hinder Rahul Gandhi’s plan for a consolidated opposition ahead of crucial polls where the Congress is trying to come back to power and BJP looking for a second term. (File photo)

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday reiterated that her party will not enter an alliance with the Indian National Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in any state. The BSP chief said that no alliance will not be formed with the grand old party in any state and added that the Samajwadi Party-BSP alliance is enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

According to news agency PTI, BSP supremo said, “It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any state.”

Referring to her party’s pre-poll alliance with the SP in Uttar Pradesh, she said it was based on mutual respect and honest intentions, adding that “the SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh”.

Mayawati said that while several parties were eager for an alliance with the BSP, her party would not do anything for mere electoral gains as it could “harm the BSP movement”.

The statement comes days after the Election Commission of India announcing seven-phase polls in the country and the push for a grand opposition to counter the BJP has intensified since then.

BSP’s no to Congress is expected to hinder Rahul Gandhi’s plan for a consolidated opposition ahead of crucial polls where the Congress is trying to come back to power and BJP looking for a second term.

Earlier, when Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav announced their alliance, the two had said that had said that their alliance would not fight elections in Amethi and Rae Bareli parliamentary constituencies, which are considered legacy seats for the Gandhis.

The SP-BSP have come together 24 years after the infamous Guesthouse scandal that turned best friends into each other’s nemesis.

Recently, Mayawati had termed Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s promise of minimum income guarantee if his party comes to power unreal and suspicious saying that that will it be similar to that of ‘garibi hatao’ slogan by the previous government and present government’s ‘acche din’.

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