New Delhi: Putting the plans of grand alliance of opposition parties on hold, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest on all 29 Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh in 2019. BSP vice-president Ramji Gautam, who is currently in Bhopal made the announcement, giving a jolt to ‘mahagathbandhan‘.
On being asked if his announcement means an end to talks of a grand alliance, Gautam said he was only obeying orders of BSP supremo Mayawati.

Notably, the development comes days after the party which fought separately in Madhya Pradesh extended its support to the Congress after the declaration of the Assembly election results. To prevent the BJP from sticking to power, Mayawati said her party was extending the support to the Congress in government formation in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

However, she had lambasted the grand old party, while speaking to reporters after Assembly poll results and had claimed that people voted for the Congress much against their wishes as they saw it as the prime challenger to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. “So, ‘apne dil par patthar rakhkar’, much against their wishes, they voted for the Congress after seeing it as the main contender for power.”

Mayawati told the media that this was unfortunate as the poor, Dalits, marginalized and religious minorities had suffered during the past governments of the Congress.

She had also accused the Congress party of ignoring the path shown by Dalit icon B.R. Aambedkar. Mayawati said that it was because of this that people from the Dalit community had to float parties of their own and even the BJP flourished due to the wrong policies of the Congress.