Hours after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was joined by leaders of former Janata Parivar for SP’s silver jubilee celebrations at Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow on Saturday, BSP chief Mayawati said the formation of a “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) with the ruling party for next year’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will help the BJP gain power.
“There remains no possibility of any alliance with the SP after they (SP) walked out of the mahagathbandhan in Bihar last year,” Mayawati said. “Other secular parties should be cautious – any alliance with the SP will mean strengthening the BJP. Any support to the SP will pave the way for an anti-poor, anti-Dalit, anti-minority BJP government.”
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Speaking with reporters at her residence here, Mayawati said, “The initiative to form a grand alliance is a very narrow-minded conspiracy to mislead the people. The SP government has done nothing that can make other parties ally with it.” Mayawati said the differences among the family members of Mulayam have been visible at the recent party events, and the acrimony is visible on the faces of party leaders and in the clashes between their supporters at these different programmes. “The SP is a divided family. Its public support is divided. In this situation, the candidates of Shivpal Yadav will be made to lose by the other group. Muslims should not waste their vote on SP,” she said.
The former UP chief minister alleged that if the SP government had not been in “tacit understanding with the BJP to spread communal tension in the state”, Mulayam would not have had to prove his “secular” credentials by gathering leaders of other parties. She also said that most parties that have shown interest in talks with SP for alliance have “limited influence” in the state.
She said the SP’s attempts to create the alliance also shows it has already conceded defeat. Dismissing possibilities of alliance with any other party, Mayawati said the BSP’s ideology of “dismantling the unequal social structure” is not shared by any other party in the country. “The BSP is not just a political party; it is also a social movement,” she said. “The party has been following the ideology of Babasaheb Ambedkar to attain social change. We feel no other party is genuinely devoted to this cause. So BSP will never ally with any other party.”
Targeting the SP and the BJP for their respective yatras — Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Vikas Yatra and BJP president Amit Shah’s Parivartan Yatra — started this week, Mayawati said if the BJP-led Central government had fulfilled even one-third of its promises made during the Lok Sabha elections, the party would not have had to take out a parivartan yatra to “divert people’s attention”. Mayawati also took on the BJP for not including any Dalit leader on the party’s raths.