Maya to go solo if not given fair seat share

Snubs Bhim Army Chief’s Al­liance Talk

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - Neha Lalchan­dani & Ro­han Dua

| Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati said here on Sun­day that she would en­ter into a pre-poll al­liance with SP only if her party got a re­spectable num­ber of seats. Oth­er­wise her party was fully ca­pa­ble of go­ing it alone. She also snubbed Bhim Army founder Chan­drashekhar Azad, deny­ing any as­so­ci­a­tion with him, just two days af­ter he had re­ferred to Mayawati as his ‘bua’ (aunt) while say­ing that the two have the “same blood” as both are Dal­its.

Azad re­sponded to Mayawati’s at­tack say­ing her con­cerns were not valid as his out­fit was nei­ther plan­ning to con­test elec­tions in 2019 nor look­ing for any po­lit­i­cal al­liance. “If she said that she is not any­one’s ‘bua’ (aunt) and she only wants to help the Dalit so­ci­ety, then am I not part of the same sa­maj? When I call her ‘buaji’ and say that she and I are the same blood, I mean it. All Dal­its are my fam­ily. My bat­tle is for their re­demp­tion. I want to tell ‘buaji’ that my bat­tle is not to up­stage any po­lit­i­cal out­fit, in­clud­ing BSP, or fight Lok Sabha polls in 2019,” he told TOI.

Talk­ing to re­porters at her new 9 Mall Av­enue house here, Mayawati said: “I will be com­pelled to go it alone if BSP does not get a re­spectable num­ber of seats in the anti-BJP al­liance that is shap­ing up be­fore the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”

“Our party is not against the al­liance, but our stand is very clear that we will ally with a po­lit­i­cal party only if we get a re­spectable share of seats. Oth­er­wise, our party feels it is bet­ter to con­test the elec­tions alone,” she said.

In the same breath she re­it­er­ated that the ef­fort of the op­po­si­tion par­ties will be to stop BJP from com­ing to power at

Our party is not against the al­liance, but our stand is very clear that we will ally with a po­lit­i­cal party only if we get a re­spectable share of seats. Oth­er­wise, our party feels it is bet­ter to con­test the elec­tions alone MAYAWATI

BSP chief

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