BJP's Rajya Sabha win immoral, SP-BSP alliance intact: Mayawati

BJP's Rajya Sabha win immoral, SP-BSP alliance intact: Mayawati

BJP's Rajya Sabha win immoral, SP-BSP alliance intact: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati's unambiguous statement Saturday that the party's defeat in the Rajya Sabha polls won't affect SP-BSP ties is a first clear indication that she is not averse to the idea of a grand opposition alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

So emphatic was Mayawati's response that Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted with alacrity: "I welcome the views expressed by Mayawati Ji today".

The victory of BJP 's nominee Anil Agarwal on 9th Rajya Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh must have soothed the bruised ego of the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath who was facing flak from everywhere for the recent losses in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Loksabha by-polls. Mayawati said BJP put all its efforts and Government machinery to stop one MLA from SP and one from BSP from voting.

Mayawati dismissed the BJP allegation that she had "forgotten" how Samajwadi goons had attacked her in the Lucknow state guesthouse in June 1995, saying Akhilesh wasn't in politics then and couldn't be blamed.

While eight out of the nine BJP candidates were assured to get through, the ninth seat was still in contention, with a BSP candidate being one of the frontrunners.

"I would like to tell BJP and company that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP". "BJP did not deter from indulging in malpractices". How the Congress engages with the SP-BSP alliance could also have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Mayawati accused the BJP of creating an atmosphere of terror.

Senior leaders including Akhilesh Yadav and others were scheduled to attend the programme but "there appears to be no relevance of it now" after the other candidate supported by the party failed to make it through, Mr Sajan said. The Allahabad High Court has denied permission to BSP's Mukhtar Ansari, now lodged in Banda jail, to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections.

The BSP leader, however, did not comment on whether the alliance with SP will continue stressing that it was a policy decision which will be taken only by party president Mayawati. We believe Narendra Modi and Amit Shah used the system to make their candidates win.

Even BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra had acknowledged that SP MLAs had voted for his party candidate: "SP MLAs did vote for us and we thank them for their support".

Attacking on the BJP, she said "This immoral victory can not make up for their defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur".

Both the BSP and SP faced cross-voting by two of its MLAs.

The BSP chief also thanked Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party's Dalit MLA Kamlesh Nath Sonkar for supporting her party candidate and assured him that if the BJP tried to harass him, her party would stand by him and thwart any such attempt.

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