Lucknow, July 24: Clearing the air on reports of alliance with the Congress for the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said that her party will forge an alliance only if it gets respectable number of seats.
Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “BSP will contest elections as a part of coalition govt only if it gets respectable number of seats. BSP wants to tell Congress leaders giving reactions about an alliance with BSP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, that the same condition applies to Congress as well”.
Last month, it was reported that the BSP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) – who joined hands for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections – will contest 30 out of the 80 seats each in Uttar Pradesh while the Congress will field its candidates on 10 Lok Sabha seats. The remaining 10 is likely to be distributed among smaller parties like the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
The BSP chief also slammed the BJP over the recent mob lynching incidents, saying that they were a “deed of narrow-minded BJP members and supporters”.
“Mob lynching is a deed of narrow-minded BJP members and supporters, but they consider it patriotism. I condemn the Alwar lynching incident but think that BJP won’t be able to take appropriate action in the case. Therefore, I request Court to intervene,” said Mayawati.
“BJP government will be remembered for taking immature decisions that have led to an increase in incidences of mob lynching of innocent people, giving freedom to commit murders, damaging the democracy in the nation and endangering peoples’ lives,” she added.