Mayawati today hit out at the Congress and announced that her party will not ally with the Congress in MP and Rajasthan.
In a major setback to the proposed Grand Alliance of the Opposition parties ahead of 2019 General Elections as well as elections in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati today hit out at the Congress and announced that her party will not ally with the Congress in MP and Rajasthan.
Addressing a press conference today, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that while Congress top leaders like Rahul and Sonia Gandhi were honestly interested in the alliance, some leaders of the party were not.
Referring to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, she said that he was not interested in the alliance between the two parties. “Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a Congress-BSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI.”
“Digvijaya Singh who is also a BJP agent is giving statements that Mayawati ji has a lot of pressure from Centre so she doesn’t want this alliance. This is baseless,” she added, referring to a recent interview by Digvijay Singh where these remarks were made.
Pointing out that the Congress was under the misconception that it could defeat the BJP on their own, Mayawati further said, “They (Congress) are getting arrogant and are under the misconception that they can defeat BJP on their own but the ground reality is that people have not forgiven Congress party for their mistakes and corruption…They don’t seem to be ready to rectify themselves.”
Reacting to Mayawati’s announcement minutes after her press conference, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said he was for an alliance between BSP and the Congress and maintained that he never said there should not be an alliance between the Congress and BSP. When asked about the reason behind Mayawati’s allegations, the former Madhya Pradesh CM said she is the best person to answer this.
He also expressed confidence that the present government under PM Narendra Modi will be defeated in the next year’s general elections. Digvijay further alleged that Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have used CBI and IB as a weapon against their opponents.
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The Congress party, on the other hand, is still hopeful that Mayawati will eventually come around. Addressing a press conference in the national capital today, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that as long as Mayawati holds confidence in Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, the differences can be ironed out. “At times, out of emotions, sweet and bitter things are said. But at last, if Mayawati ji holds absolute trust in Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi then other creases can be ironed out,” he said.