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    Mayawati says BSP will contest UP assembly bypolls alone, calls it a temporary break from mahagathbandhan

    Mayawati says BSP will contest UP assembly bypolls alone, calls it a temporary break from mahagathbandhan

    Mayawati says BSP will contest UP assembly bypolls alone, calls it a temporary break from mahagathbandhan
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    Mayawati on Tuesday put her alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party on notice as the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo announced that her party will contest Uttar Pradesh assembly bypolls alone.

    Putting her alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) on notice, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday announced that her party will contest Uttar Pradesh Assembly bypolls alone. While the BSP chief hasn't called off the alliance, she did warn Akhilesh to ensure that SP votes get transferred to the mahagathbandhan canddiates.
    Addressing a press briefing in New Delhi, Mayawati said "Ever since SP-BSP coalition took place, SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav have given me a lot of respect. I also forgot all our differences in the interest of the nation and gave them respect. Our relation isn't only for politics, it'll continue forever."
    Mayawati said that the alliance with SP didn't work as the Yadav community (regarded as the core voters of the SP) didn't support their own candidates.
    "However, we can't ignore political compulsions. In the results of Lok Sabha elections in UP, base vote of Samajwadi Party, the 'Yadav' community, didn't support the party. Even strong contenders of SP were defeated," she added.
    The BSP supremo confirmed that her party will contest bypolls alone, but reiterated that it is not a final call on the alliance with the SP.
    "It's not a permanent break. If we feel in future that SP Chief succeeds in his political work, we'll again work together. But if he doesn't succeed, it'll be good for us to work separately. So we've decided to fight the by-elections alone," she said.
    The decision comes a day after ‘Behenji’ (as she is popularly called) told a gathering of her party workers to be ready to fight bypolls in Uttar Pradesh alone.
    A total of 11 assembly bypolls are due in UP after MLAs won the Lok Sabha polls. Nine BJP MLAs won the Lok Sabha elections, while one each from BSP and SP were elected to the lower house.
    Mayawati’s decision to contest bye-elections is also significant because the BSP does not usually contest bypolls.
    The SP-BSP along with Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal contested in alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats.
    In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP won 62 seats, while its ally Apna Dal (Soneylal) bagged 2 seats it contested on. Mayawati's BSP managed to secure 10 seats, while the SP had won just 5 seats.
    Rahul Gandhi-led Indian National Congress had bagged just one seat in family bastion Rae Bareli, while Congress president lost Amethi to BJP's Smriti Irani.
    While the mahagathbandhan helped BSP improve its 2014 performance when the party failed to even open its account, the alliance could not deliver a desired blow to the Narendra Modi-led party.
    According to a PTI report on June 3, Mayawati told party workers, elected MPs and her MLAs that the BSP won 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh due to BSP's traditional votebank and the votes of Samajwadi Party could not get transferred to its candidates.
    She cited the poor performance of its alliances in various states during assembly and Lok Sabha elections to drive home the point that the BSP will have to strengthen its own organisational structure and not to depend on other parties to win votes.
    The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also pressed for the need to increase the involvement of members of other backward classes in the party organisation.
    Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav also hinted at going alone in 2022 and the SP chief also expressed confidence that his party will form the government in 2022.
    Reacting on Mayawati's press briefing, BJP's GVL Narshimha Rao told News18 that the fate of Mayawati's announcement was predicted by the PM months ago. This was a self-centered alliance and it didn't involve the people of Uttar Pradesh, Rao added. The outdated thinking of caste is the reason for their poll debacle, he said.
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