Published On: Mon, Jun 3rd, 2019

Mayawati indicates to severe ties with SP, to contest by-elections

Lucknow: The inevitable has happened sooner than later as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Monday set the tone for the break up of her party’s alliance with the Samajwadi Party.

This clearly indicated that Mayawati has decided to discontinue the alliance with Samajwadi Party

Addressing a meeting of party leaders from Uttar Pradesh in Delhi, Mayawati announced that the BSP would contest the by-elections to 11 Assembly elections in the state on its own.

This clearly indicated that Mayawati has decided to discontinue the alliance with Samajwadi Party.

Moreover, BSP normally does not contest by-elections. But this time it has announced that it will field candidates in the state by-elections to test its strength afresh.

Addressing the party meeting, she said the BSP had not benefited from the alliance with the Samajwadi Party. She stated that the transfer of votes between the two parties had not taken place.

She asked party leaders to start short-listing candidates for the 11 by-elections that will be held because these legislators have been elected to the Lok Sabha.

Nine legislators of BJP have won Lok Sabha elections while one legislator each from BSP and SP have been elected to the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, state BSP President RS Kushwaha told reporters that EVMs were mainly responsible for the poor performance of the BSP in the Lok Sabha elections.

The BSP won 10 Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh. The party had contest 38 seats.

The Samajwadi Party, on the other hand, had contested 37 seats and could win only five. The Rashtriya Lok Dal had contested three seats and could not win even one.

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