Maya to go solo if not given fair seat share
Snubs Bhim Army Chief’s Alliance Talk
| 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