BSP To Fight Alone In UP Assembly Bypolls: Mayawati

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati declared that her party will contest bypolls to 11 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats alone, without any alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party after the poll debacle of their ‘Mahagathbandhan’.

“We can’t ignore political realities,” the former UP Chief Minister said, confirming that she said she was taking a break from her partnership with the Samajwadi Party.

“It is not a permanent break,” she explained, asking the Samajwadi Party to bring about improvements in its cadre.

“We had decided to go for an alliance with the Samajwadi Party with an aim to gain ground in Uttar Pradesh, but that, unfortunately, did not work. We fell well short,” Mayawati told reporters a day after a meeting with her party leaders in Delhi to assess the poll debacle.

“We shouldn’t have lost our votes. Even strong candidates were defeated. In Kannauj, (Akhilesh Yadav’s wife) Dimple Yadav lost. We have to think about this,” Mayawati said.

She commented that the Samajwadi Party cadre was not as committed or mission-driven as those of the BSP and said she would review the alliance “if we think the Samajwadi Party can succeed in bringing about these changes in its workers.

“It is better for us to go it alone. It will take time to bring about these changes,” she added.

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