Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party on Tuesday repeated that it had no plans to tie up with the Congress in any state for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
However, BSP chief Mayawati’s statement drew a sharp retort from the Congress which shot back with a “We don’t need her.” In a statement, Mayawati had said, “It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any state.”
On her party’s pre-poll alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, she had also said it was based on “mutual respect” and “honest intentions”.
She added, “The SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh.” The SP and the BSP have come together for the Lok Sabha elections, keeping the Congress out, but have decided not to field candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli, the seats of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi respectively.
Of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the SP will contest 37 and the BSP 38, leaving three for the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and two for Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi).
Meanwhile, UP Congress spokesperson Rajiv Bakshi said it was not up to Mayawati to decide whether the Congress wanted to enter into an alliance with her party or not. “She doesn’t have even a single seat in Parliament. How can she decide if the Congress has to come on board or not?”
“We are fighting the election alone and do not want an alliance. We don’t need her,” he said. “Instead of speaking about the Congress, she needs to first work on her coalition with the SP, which is breaking up. Wait for 15-20 days and see how things unfold,” he said.
On being asked about Mayawati’s remarks, Congress’ west UP in-charge Jyotiraditya Scindia reportedly told a TV news channel, “We respect the views of every party. This view also we respect.” Earlier, he has said his party will fight the general election in Uttar Pradesh on its own strength.
Addressing party leaders from various states in New Delhi, Mayawati had said while several parties were “eager” for an alliance, the BSP would not do anything for mere electoral gains. The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections begin on April 11.