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Mulayam says ready to ally with BSP to counter BJP, Mayawati declines

BSP and SP had contested polls together in 1993 Assembly elections in 1993 but soon parted ways. (Source: PTI) BSP and SP had contested polls together in 1993 Assembly elections in 1993 but soon parted ways. (Source: PTI)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 13, 2014 2:35 pm | Updated: August 14, 2014 3:11 am

BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of joining hands with the rival SP in the state to fight Assembly polls on the lines of the RJD-JD(U) tie-up in Bihar.

Rejecting RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s suggestion that arch rivals BSP and SP should form a grand alliance in UP, Mayawati said the BSP will contest the elections on its own. This also came as a snub to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav who suggested that if Prasad takes the initiative, he does not mind joining hands with BSP.

“Whenever SP government comes to power, incidents of crime, communal violence, rape and dacoity, reach their peak. It is the character of this party and if incidents of this nature do not take place then this party will be finished,” Mayawati said.

“Therefore, keeping all these things in mind, there is no question of joining hands with SP and fighting elections together,” she said.

Earlier in the day, the SP chief had said, “If Laluji takes initiative in this regard, I don’t have any issues in joining hands.” Yadav’s comments came when asked about Lalu Prasad’s suggestion.

The RJD chief had recently suggested the SP and BSP should come together to form a grand alliance to defeat the BJP in UP.

“Today people in UP are remembering the rule of BSP government and they want that Mayawati government should come back to power to restore the peace and harmony in the state… BSP will contest the elections on its own and I am confident that people of the state will help me come back to power in UP without taking any support,” Mayawati said. BSP and SP had contested polls together in the 1993 Assembly elections in but parted ways soon after.

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