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No alliance with other parties, says Mayawati

No alliance with other parties, says Mayawati
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First Published: Sun, Mar 15 2009. 01 15 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Mar 15 2009. 01 15 PM IST
New Delhi: Ruling out an alliance with any party for the Lok Sabha elections, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday indicated that the question of prime ministership will be decided with the Third Front parties after the elections in a bid to keep Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA out of power.
Addressing a press conference here, Mayawati said tonight’s dinner she is hosting for Third Front leaders will neither discuss the question of prime ministership nor the front’s electoral strategy, but would definitely discuss plans to keep UPA and NDA out of power.
“BSP has decided to contest the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha all alone in all the states and it will have no electoral alliance with any party before the polls,” Mayawati said.
“However,” the BSP leader said, “we will think of a post-poll tie-up after the election results are out in an effort to defeat UPA and NDA’s designs to come to power.”
Stating that her plans for a dinner meeting with the Third Front leaders at her new residence in the capital was certainly on, the BSP leader clarified that the meeting would not discuss the issue of prime ministerial candidate for the Front.
“The dinner meeting is an informal meeting of parties opposed to the Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA. The meeting is not going to discuss the issue of prime ministership nor the Third Front’s poll strategy,” she said.
“We will definitely discuss the strategy of not allowing the UPA or NDA to come to power after the Lok Sabha elections and defeating the two alliances in the polls,” she said.
To a question if she would accept the prime ministership if the Third Front offered it to her, Mayawati, without giving a direct reply, said, “I have already answered that question.”
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First Published: Sun, Mar 15 2009. 01 15 PM IST