New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Tuesday opened up about her decision to rule out an alliance with the Congress for the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 saying that the party would rather fight alone than begging for seats in a coalition.
A BSP statement said that the party will never compromise with the self-respect of the Dalits, tribals, backward, Muslims, other minorities and the upper castes’ poor, irrespective of the “malice and torture” of the governments run by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Speaking to party workers on the death anniversary of the BSP founder Kanshi Ram, Mayawati said, “That is why the BSP has put forth the condition of being given a respectable number of seats to enter into an electoral alliance.”
Accusing the Congress of finishing her party, Mayawati had on October 3 ruled out an alliance with the Congress in the coming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, a decision that could also impact the opposition’s plan for a grand alliance against the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Announcing the decision, Mayawati said, “The Congress is two steps ahead of the BJP in attempts to finish the BSP. We have decided that the party would not ally with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan at any cost.”
The BSP chief’s announcement comes nearly a fortnight after her statement ruling out an alliance with the Congress in Chhattisgarh where she tied up with former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s party Janata Congress for the Assembly elections due next month. When she was asked if BSP will align with Congress in Lok Sabha polls, she said, “I have said everything about this.”
She had also accused Digvijay Singh of being an “RSS agent” and sabotaging the Congress-BSP alliance. “I feel that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s intentions for Congress-BSP alliance are honest. However some Congress leaders are sabotaging this,” she said, adding, “Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a Congress-BSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI.”