Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2019

Mayawati confirms break-up of alliance, to contest by-polls alone

Lucknow: Unable to accept the fact that her own Jatav vote base was not intact anymore, the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati shifted blame on the Gathbandhan partner (Samajwadi Party) for the failed experiment and said that her party would now contest the upcoming Assembly bye-elections alone.

The BSP president clarified that her party has not benefitted with the base vote of Samajwadi Party

Mayawati said she was taking a break from her partnership with the Samajwadi Party. “It is not a permanent break,” she explained, asking the Samajwadi Party to bring about improvement in its cadre.

She said that the Yadav voters had not supported the alliance. “If Yadavs had voted in full measure for the alliance, senior SP leaders like Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav would not have lost from Yadav-dominated seats. This is a matter for concern for the Samajwadi Party,” she said.

The BSP president clarified that her party has not benefited with the base vote of Samajwadi Party.

“However, we cannot ignore political compulsions and we will contest the Assembly bye-elections. However, this is not the end of the road. If the Samajwadi Party inculcates a missionary zeal in its workers and improves its performance, we will see,” she added.

Mayawati spoke about her relations with Akhilesh Yadav and his family and said they gave her utmost respect. “Our relationship will not end though politics is another aspect,” she stated.

On the other hand, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is also unable to muster courage to accept the dwindling support of his own caste (read Yadavs). In view of the same, Akhilesh preferred to maintain a stoic silence and refused to react to Mayawati’s statement wherein she citied the defeat of Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav from Yadav dominant Kannauj, Badaun and Ferozabad seats respectively.

He, however, said in Azamgarh on Tuesday that the Samajwadi Party would form its own government in Uttar Pradesh in 2022 when Assembly elections are to be held.

This being seen as an indication of the SP also to go alone in the Assembly by polls and subsequently thereafter.

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