Mayawati Formally Ends ‘Mahagathbandhan’, Questions Attitude Of SP
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati today formally called an end to the alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, tweeting that going forward, her party will contest all elections, big and small, on its own.
In a series of tweets, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also showed her displeasure against Akhilesh Yadav, with whom she promised to keep cordial relations barely three weeks ago. A string of assembly seats will be up for by-election later this year.
“It is known that all our old grievances with the SP were kept aside, along with the anti-Dalit and ant-BSP decisions taken by the SP government between 2012-17, works carried out that were against reservation in promotion and deteriorating law and order situation – were all kept aside and an alliance was formed in public interest which was honoured completely,” one of her tweets read.
In another, she said: “But after the Lok Sabha general election, the attitude of the SP compels BSP to think whether it will be possible to defeat the BJP in the future. Hence, for the sake of the party and the movement, the BSP will now fight all elections – big or small – by itself.”
Accusing the BSP chief of “weakening the fight for social justice”, Samajwadi Party leader Ramashankar Vidyarthi said, “She is speaking against the Samajwadi Party in haste and due to the Dalit support to the SP and its leader Akhilesh Yadav.”
“People know the reality about what the ‘malkin’ of the alliance has done,” he said.
Yesterday, after a meeting with senior party leaders, Mayawati had accused Akhilesh Yadav of not calling her after the results, and working “against non-Yadav backward communities”. She even said Yadav is anti-Muslim as he neglected the Muslims while he was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
Noteworthy, Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Mahagathbandhan’ could manage to win only 15 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh whereas their bitter rival Bharatiya Janata Party managed to bag 62 seats.