Rajya Sabha polls: SP cancels victory celebration after BSP loss

26 March, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Diane Mills
  • UP RS polling BSP MLA votes for BJP

BSP chief Mayawati has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tried to break the newly formed alliance between her party and Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP).

"'There will not be an iota of difference in the close understanding between the BSP and SP because of the Rajya Sabha results yesterday", Mayawati said at a press conference.

Ms. Mayawati's display of commitment towards her tie-up with the SP assumes significance as it comes after the combined strategy of the SP, the BSP and the Congress failed to see her candidate through in the Rajya Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, sending a signal of solidarity to the BSP, the SP on Saturday cancelled the victory celebration for its nominee Jaya Bachchan to be held in Lucknow.

Mayawati was reacting over chief minister Yogi Adityanath's claim in which he blamed the Bahujan Samaj Party's loss on the Samajwadi Party's "opportunism". The BSP chief responded by saying: "I would like to tell BJP and company that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP". BJP also believes the alliance will fail in the same way as how Kalyan Singh had once allied with the SP but returned to BJP.

Prior to Mayawati's statement Saturday, Akhilesh had several closed-door meetings with senior SP leaders to decide the next course of action. "We supported their government at the Centre and helped them in any crisis they faced", she said giving broad hints of including Congress into joint opposition front against the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Caste equations have played a part in the voting too, underlining the fact that forward-backward politics will be the centrepiece of the 2019 battle in UP between BJP and the BSP-SP combine. More importantly, only in 22 of the 73 seats did the BJP have a lead of more than 10 percentage points over the SP-BSP alliance.

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"This loss (Rajya Sabha election) can not be equated with the BJP's defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls".

She also suspended her party MLA Anil Singh, alleging he cross voted in favour of the BJP to serve his business interests.

"People are of the opinion that PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath have misused the machinery and created an atmosphere of fear to make their candidate win the elections".

"Elsewhere in the country, all MLAs in jail were allowed to vote but here, despite all necessary steps taken by us, Mukhtar Ansari (BSP) and Hari Om Yadav (SP) were not allowed to come for voting as they knew that they did not have the numbers", the BSP leader said.

The Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have extended their support to BSP candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Meanwhile, UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya claimed that the SP-BSP alliance has proved to be a "complete failure".

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