Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati (R) (Photo: HT)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati (R) (Photo: HT)

BSP and SP will no longer contest polls together: Mayawati

  • The attitude of the SP leadership has made her party realize they won’t be able to defeat the BJP in future, she said
  • The announcement comes a month after the announcement of the results of the Lok Sabha elections, which the two parties contested as allies against BJP

NEW DELHI : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday announced that the BSP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) would no longer contest elections together and her party would fight all future elections by itself.

The announcement comes a month after the announcement of the results of the Lok Sabha elections, which the two parties contested as allies against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mayawati said the decision was taken on Monday after a meeting of national and state level committees that continued since Sunday. The attitude of the SP leadership had made her party realise that they would not be able to defeat the BJP in future, she said.

“The attitude of the SP leadership after the Lok Sabha elections has compelled us to question if they can defeat the BJP in future. It has been decided that in the interest of the party and of the movement, the BSP would contest all elections in future alone," Mayawati tweeted on Monday.

Mayawati was upset that the SP leadership, primarily SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, had not spoken to her after the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in which the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) returned to power with a thumping majority.

“The SP had taken several anti-Dalit measures during its tenure in 2012-17 in Uttar Pradesh, but the BSP decided to join hands with it in the interest of the nation. The state government under the SP was anti-Dalit, created problems in reservation and promotions, and the law and order situation had deteriorated in the state. BSP upheld the coalition norms in national interest," Mayawati alleged.

The Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh was crucial because it was the first time that the BSP and SP had joined hands at the national level to defeat the BJP. However, the BSP could only win 10 seats and SP got five out of the 80 Lok Saba seats in the state.

The dominance of BJP was also witnessed during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when it won 71 out of 80 seats in the state and three years later returned to power in Uttar Pradesh by winning teh Assembly elections with a huge majority.

Mayawati could not win a single seat in 2014 general elections while SP had managed to win only 5.

This is not the first time that when Mayawati has spoken against the alliance of BSP and SP in Uttar Pradesh. Soon after Lok Sabha results, the BSP chief on 5 June had announced that her party was taking a decision to temporarily contest all elections alone. Mayawati had earlier said that her personal relationship SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav would continue because it was a political relation. In her statement on 5 June, the BSP chief had blamed SP of not being able to retain its voter base in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls which led to the debacle of the two parties in the general elections.

Senior leaders of SP argue that the BSP chief had formed an alliance only to win elections and it was not for social justice of the scheduled castes and other backward classes.

“The intention of Mayawati was only to win elections, whereas Akhilesh Yadav wanted this alliance for social justice of poor, scheduled caste and OBCs. There is no reason to snap ties with the SP but Mayawati has done it and it only means that she wanted to use the voter base of SP to win elections," said a senior SP leader based in Lucknow.

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