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Mayawati pulls out of RJD’s Patna rally

Speaking to mediapersons at her residence in Lucknow, Mayawati said there have been “several rumours” about BSP’s participation in the rally of non-BJP “secular front” organised by Lalu Prasad’s RJD in Patna.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Published: August 25, 2017 9:03 am
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MAYAWATI ON Thursday said that no one from her party will attend RJD’s ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao rally’ in Patna on August 27, arguing that BSP will not share stage with any Opposition party until the contours of an alliance among non-BJP parties and seat-sharing formula for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are finalised.

Speaking to mediapersons at her residence in Lucknow, Mayawati said there have been “several rumours” about BSP’s participation in the rally of non-BJP “secular front” organised by Lalu Prasad’s RJD in Patna. On Wednesday, Lalu had said that BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Misra will participate in the rally.

“All secular parties have been invited for the rally on August 27. Special attempts are also being made to bring BSP to the rally. But we have told the RJD leadership that BSP is a strong secular party in policy and principle and it has also been a supporter of Opposition unity against BJP and RSS. As far as participation in the Patna rally is concerned, BSP apprehends that a fight will start over the distribution of seats (among Opposition parties) after the success of this rally,” she said.

“BSP supports a secular coalition and joint struggle. But the previous experience of coalition in Bihar polls has shown that a few parties had to leave because they were allotted less seats. The RJD leadership has been told that BSP will share stage with any national or state-level party only after it is decided which party will contest how many seats. Divisions of seats among parties and its policy should be decided first. Coalitions end because of discord over seat-sharing. All parties should get respectable number of seats,” she added.

Mayawati maintained BSP will “never compromise on the issue of getting respectable number seats to contest” and the party “cannot leave its supporters at the mercy of others”.

“BJP is in power at the Centre and in many states. It is using several tactics to malign the image of secular parties and weaken them… Even the Election Commission is worried at BJP’s anti-democracy tendency to win elections at any cost. In such a scenario, Opposition parties should work with a solid strategy so that they can regain the trust of people. In this regard, the matter of distribution of seats is of utmost importance and this often leads to break-up of alliances at the time of elections. This destroys people’s trust and sends a wrong message, which helps the BJP enjoy electoral benefit,” she said.

Meanwhile, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has announced that he will participate in the RJD rally.

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  1. Sankaran Krishnan
    Aug 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    What a show of UNITY and if Lallu is really have some brain he will call off the Rally which was perceived as Anti-BJP plank whereas he main Opposition Parties like Congress, their jalra Communists and now BSP top leaders hip are withdrawn from parti ting from he Rally and the people across the Nation are laughing and spitting on them for their coward act !!!
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      manoj
      Aug 25, 2017 at 11:57 am
      But Mamata wants to embrace Lalu.
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        sadanand s
        Aug 25, 2017 at 11:52 am
        I DONT THINK EVEN IF OPPOSITION SO CALLED SECULAR JOINTLY FIGHT AGAINST BJP THEY CAN,T SERVIVE BECAUSE OF MODI,S POPULARITY. NOW THERE WILL BE NO SUCH STRONG CANDIDATE IN OPPOSITION TO FACE MODI. LALU IS STRUGLING ONLY TO PROTECT HIS PROPERTY MADE IN CORRUPTION NOT FOR PEOPLE PROTECTION. HE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY PEOPLE.
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        1. Jayaprakash Pk
          Aug 25, 2017 at 11:34 am
          So that's it...its all about seat sharing in the coming LS elections as a first step towards power. These power hungry politicians can never lead the right thinking citizens of this country. The famous saying Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely is true as all arguments for an opposition unity is based on seat sharing and later power sharing. So, brothers and sisters please take care of yourself and believe in a political party that comes nearer to your thoughts of democracy. In the name of secularism these opposition parties are forming alliances to oppose BJP and that is the only agenda and not the welfare of public of any state of India. Many of these political leaders have enjoyed power endlessly for a long period and losing power have made them think insensitive and left them disturbed. Their idea is to recapture power by any means and not to uplift the downtrodden, poor, economically backward or those who are suffering. Its time to know right and wrong.
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            Balasubramanya Baglodi
            Aug 25, 2017 at 10:58 am
            BSP Supremo as expected interested only about seat sharing and all others also interested only how to grab the power in the name of SECULARISM, democracy etc., So that they can loot the resources without any problem.
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