New Delhi: While the Congress gets over Mayawati’s volte-face, it is left upon senior party leader Digvijaya Singh to defend himself against the BSP chief’s allegations. Soon after Mayawati announced on Wednesday that her party wasn’t interested in a tie-up with the Congress and would go it alone in MP, Rajasthan Assembly elections, she had also alleged that Digvijaya Singh didn’t want the two parties to forge an alliance. “Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a Congress-BSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI,” she said.
She also claimed that Singh was a BJP agent “giving statements that Mayawati ji has a lot of pressure from Centre so she doesn’t want this alliance. This is baseless”. In his defence, Singh had said, “I’ve already made it clear that I respect Mayawati ji and have been in favour of Congress-BSP alliance from the beginning. In Chhattisgarh, there were talks for alliance but she didn’t go for it. In MP too there were talks of an alliance, she declared 22 candidates.”
Singh also went on to tweet about it. Citing a September 20 news report, Singh said, “The BSP supremo also declared candidates for 22 seats in Madhya Pradesh and said that her party will contest all 230 seats in the State. Now how am I responsible for sabotaging Congress BSP Alliance?”
The Congress leader had earlier clarified that he was always in favour of an alliance between the BSP and the Congress. Maya had alleged that Singh, due to his own “selfishness”, did not let Congress form a government in Goa despite being in majority there.