After RS setback, Mayawati says BSP's alliance with SP will continue

Akhilesh Yadav meets MLAs ahead of Rajya Sabha polls, slams BJP for disregarding morality and forcing elections

Akhilesh Yadav meets MLAs ahead of Rajya Sabha polls, slams BJP for disregarding morality and forcing elections

Independent backed by BJP poised to defeat BSP candidate in UP, Cong gets three seats in K'taka The BJP, which had pulled all the stops to thwart the new-found friendship between Samajwadi Party and BSP in Uttar Pradesh, tasted sweet revenge on Friday by ensuring the victory of an Independent candidate backed by it in the ninth Rajya Sabha seat, which could have been easily BSP's had the numbers worked. "It has defeated us, but now BSP and SP workers will put in more efforts to prevent the BJP from coming to power in 2019", she said.

Of the 73 Lok Sabha constituencies that the BJP and Apna Dal won in 2014, the vote share of the BJP alliance was higher than the combined vote-share of the SP-BSP in only about half of them (39 seats).

Commenting on the goal of forming alliace between two parties, she said "A plan had been made that we come together so that the BJP candidate couldn't win the election".

Surprisingly, Mayawati also gave a clean chit to Akhilesh Yadav in the June 2, 1995 State Guest House case in which she and her MLAs were holed up and attacked by Samajwadi party goons after BSP withdrew support from then Mulayam government.

The Samajwadi Party had planned a function at the party headquarters in Lucknow to celebrate the victory of its candidate Jaya Bachchan, but since the other candidate, Bhimrao Ambedkar of BSP lost, party president Akhiliesh Yadav has cancelled it, party spokesman Sunil Singh Sajan said.

Akhilesh reciprocated by tweeting: "The unity of the SP-BSP is strengthened further against the conspiracy of the BJP". "BJP did not deter from indulging in malpractices".

Minnesota Unemployment Drops In February
The U6 index rate for North Carolina was 8.2 percent in January, compared with 8.2 percent nationally on February 28. After adjusting for these seasonal factors, the EDD reported a net drop of 2,800 jobs, or less than 0.1 percent.

Prior to Mayawati's statement Saturday, Akhilesh had several closed-door meetings with senior SP leaders to decide the next course of action.

"This loss (Rajya Sabha election) can not be equated with the BJP's defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls". And she said the Rajya Sabha election results will not affect on their tie-up.

On Yogi government's quota within quota move, the BSP supremo said that her party would welcome any such move in the interest of dalits and backwards.

Replying to a query, Mayawati did not rule out the possibility of Congress as part of the BSP-SP alliance in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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. We believe (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and Amit Shah used the system to make their candidates win.

Senior Congress leaders such as Raj Babbar, Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh had been camping in Lucknow to ensure all seven Congress MLAs vote for the BSP.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.