Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday said she will fight the upcoming Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections alone amid reports of tie-up with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM. Mayawati also sought to clarify that her party has only announced an alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal for the Punjab assembly elections scheduled to be held next year. SAD President Sukhbir Badal had said that the BSP will contest in 20 out of the 117 seats, whereas his party will contest the remaining seats.Also Read - Akali Dal Inks Poll Pact With Mayawati's BSP For Punjab Assembly Election 2022
“This news is being broadcast in a media news channel since yesterday that the AIMIM and BSP will fight the upcoming assembly general elections in UP together. This news is completely false, misleading, and factless. There is not even an iota of truth in this and BSP vehemently denies it,” Mayawati said in a series of Twitter.
“In this regard, it is again clarified that except Punjab, the BSP will not contest the UP and Uttarakhand state polls early next year in alliance with any party; meaning it will go it alone.”
Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur, and Goa are slated for early next year.
In 2014, Mayawati’s party did not win a single Lok Sabha seat, and in the 2017 Uttar Assembly elections, it bagged only 19 seats.
With BSP’s support base dwindling over the years, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party have been trying to woo the Dalit voters ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2022.
In April, Akhilesh Yadav announced that Samajwadi Party (SP) will constitute a Baba Saheb Vahini named after Dalit icon Dr B.R. Ambedkar.
The Baba Saheb Vahini aims to bring Dalits into the Samajwadi fold and assure them protection against social exploitation.
The BJP has now announced that it will build a memorial in the name of Ambedkar.
The SP and BSP were allies in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
However, immediately after the Lok Sabha elections, Mayawati snapped ties with the party announcing that her party would never ally with SP again.
(With agency inputs)