In an occurrence to the probabilities of forming a grand alliance of Opposition parties before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has dodged the Congress once more.
‘Behenji’ on Wednesday declared that the BSP would contest Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan assembly polls alone.
Earlier in September, Mayawati had joined hands with Ajit Jogi’s party in Chhattisgarh after bypassing Congress, who is eyeing for a come-back as Ruling party the state, where the BJP has been in power for 15 years.
On Thursday while asserting the BSP’s call to contest two assembly polls alone, Mayawati said that the Congress was not curious about defeating the BJP. The grand old party was conspiring to end the BSP rather than fighting the BJP.
“Despite facing defeats, Congress party has no humility. The party is self-important and believes in caste based politics. Their aim is just to end the BSP. Our past experience of alliance with them has not matured and we felt betrayed,” Mayawati added in Lucknow.
After announcing her party’s stand, she also hit out senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh blaming him for not showing much interest to alliance with the Congress.
She said that Digvijay Singh was acting like hired agent of BJP in Madhya Pradesh. “For assembly election we have a tendency to put an alliance with regional party. In Chhattisgarh too, we have done an alliance. Currently we took the decision to go solo in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Reacting to Mayawati’s remarks, Congress leader Digvijay Singh known as the “bitter critic” of Narendra Modi and Amit
Shah, said “I respect Mayawati, however I do not understand what and why she criticised me. Congress has taken a stand to make an alliance with non-align BJP party for the coming assembly elections. It is Mayawati, who declared 22 candidates name on behalf of her party for Madhya Pradesh election and made an alliance in Chhattisgarh with others. In the whole strategy how I became involved. Everybody knows I am the bitterest critic of Modi and Shah.”
The BSP’s call of going solo significantly in Madhya Pradesh is being seen as a large blow to the Congress party, that was keen to build a grand alliance of opposition party. Where Mayawati’s party was in priority list for Dalit Vote Bank in their (read Congress) favour, explained an analyst.