BSP will join the Congress alliance only if the party gets good number of seats: Mayawati

Mayawati reiterated her position saying that her party would enter into an alliance with any other party only on getting a respectable chunk of seats to contest in the upcoming elections.

Published: 24th July 2018 05:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2018 05:40 PM   |  A+A-


BSP president and former UP chief minister Mayawati (File | PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Breaking her silence on prospective grand alliance, especially, after Congress Working Committee (CWC) declared its president Rahul Gandhi as alliance leader, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati reiterated her position in a terse statement saying that her party would enter into an alliance with any other party only on getting a respectable chunk of seats to contest in the upcoming elections.

While CWC had projected Rahul Gandhi as party's PM candidate, the BSP had floated the proposal to project Mayawati as its prime ministerial candidate at a last week's workers' meet in Lucknow. Reading out her statement to media persons here on Tuesday, the BSP chief was categorical in her reference to Congress Party when she claimed without mincing her words that in three poll-bound states-- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh-the BSP would ally with the grand old party (Congress) only if it is given good number of seats to contest.

Besides, MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the BSP is contemplating to align with SP and RLD in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Clearing the air on her party's approach, the BSP chief said: "It must be amply clear to those Congress leaders, who are issuing a different statements in connection with Congress-BSP alliance in three poll-bound states, that BSP will fight elections with Congress only if it will get respectable number of seats," she said and added: "Otherwise, my party is capable of going it alone on all the seats in these three states. We are fully prepared to fight the assembly elections on our own with our full might."

Earlier, Mayawati launched a blistering attack on Central government over the issue of mob lynching in reference to the latest incident which took place in Alwar, Rajasthan. She suggested the Union government to bring a stringent law against mob lynching in the current session of Parliament.

"It is possible now as the Parliament is currently in session otherwise the countrymen won't forgive the BJP government," Mayawati averred. She also referred to BSP founder president Kanshi Ram's idea of governance saying that the governments of the day should not be very strong else it turned autocratic. "Sarake Majboot nahi Majboor honi chaihye, anyatha woj nirankush ho jati hain (the governments should not be strong but constrained. Otherwise they become despotic)," said Mayawati.

Condemning mob lynching in the name of cow protection, the BSP chief accused the Modi government in no uncertain terms of unleashing mobocracy to terrorise, torture and exploit Dalits, deprived and Muslims. Calling the BJP government at Centre anti-people, Mayawati charged it with spreading communal and social disharmony in the country where no one was feeling secured and protected.

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