New Delhi: Calling BJP and Congress ‘Naagnath’ and ‘Saanpnath’ (snakes), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday said that she would prefer to sit in the opposition rather than forging an alliance with them in Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018. She also asserted that her alliance with Ajit Jogi’s party would get absolute majority.
Notably, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s statement to a news channel comes a day after her alliance partner Ajit Jogi said that he will not rule out anything, even a tie-up with the ruling BJP in the Chhattisgarh. “In politics you can’t rule out anything. Anything can happen,” Jogi had said on a TV Show when asked if he would take support from the BJP, if it came to that in Chhattisgarh.
Earlier in September, Mayawati had said that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will contest Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 in an alliance with Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC).
Announcing the alliance, BSP chief Mayawati said that Ajit Jogi will become the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh if party comes to power. The BSP is contesting on 35 seats and the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh on 55 in the 90-member Assembly.
Explaining the reason behind BSP-JCC joining hands, Mayawati had said, “Both the parties are capable of stopping the BJP in the state. If some other regional parties want to join us, we will take their help.”
The BSP supremo had said that the state government did nothing for the state in the past 15 years and that a “strong regional representation” was necessary to ensure that it is not neglected.
While 18 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh went to polls in the first phase on Monday, voting will take place in the remaining 72 seats next Tuesday. The results will be on December 11.