Bhopal: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s announcement of not allying with Congress on Wednesday came as a big shocker for the Opposition. Reactions from all quarters poured in and the latest one to join the bandwagon is Kamal Nath, chief of Madhya Pradesh Congress unit, who said that the Dalit leader’s exit would not have any impact on their vote share.
Nath went on to add that he has already spoken to Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav regarding the alliance or the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and everything would be in place. He said, “Mayawati breaking alliance with the Congress will not have any effect on our vote share. We will confidently fight the upcoming polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. I have spoken to Akhilesh Yadav regarding the alliance.”
He asserted that no political party could dent the fortune of Congress party even if there is no alliance. Nath also threw light on the row that led to rue between the two parties. Apparently, it was seat sharing which led to the altercation as BSP was demanding more seats than it deserved. As per reports, Mayawati had demanded 40 seats out of the 231 seats in Madhya Pradesh, but with a package deal in Rajasthan.
Nath said, “In 2013, (BSP) got 6.29 per cent of vote share in Madhya Pradesh assembly elections (whereas) Mayawati demanded a seat share of 50, and these seats were not those where they got over 20,000 votes. This didn’t go well with us.”
Mayawati on Wednesday announced that her party will fight the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections solo. She, however, kept quiet about the possibilities of a coalition with other parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She even questioned that the Grand Old Party’s intentions of defeating the BJP and also slammed Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for his claim that the BSP is abstaining for entering the grand alliance because she is under pressure from the Centre.
“Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a Congress-BSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI,” said Mayawati.