BSP will fight all elections alone, says Mayawati
BSP supremo Mayawati Monday announced a permanent end to the gathbandhan with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party saying the party will contest all future elections on its own. She added that SP's behaviour after Lok Sabha polls forced BSP to think if it will be possible to defeat the BJP in future.
Party chief and former U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday asserted that the BSP would contest all major and minor elections on its own strength in the "interest of the party and the movement."Her declaration has shut the door on the possibilities of a renewal of an alliance with the SP in future.
Earlier in the month, the BSP-SP alliance was put on hold in Uttar Pradesh after Ms. Mayawati announced that she would be contesting alone on all 11 seats in the coming Assembly by-polls. The BSP chief had cited political compulsions behind the move and claimed that the Yadavs had deserted the SP, their core party, and hurt the alliance's prospects. She, however, kept chances of a reunion in future alive with the ultimatum that the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav train his cadre to be missionary like BSP workers and said "there is no breakup of the alliance yet."
Ms. Mayawati said that she had forgotten all old unresolved complaints and hassles and set aside the anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions of the SP government, including steps against reservation in promotion and poor law and order situation, and followed the Gathbandhan dharma in public and national interest.
Her announcement came a day after the BSP held its all-India level meeting in Lucknow, where Ms. Mayawati tightened her family's grip over the party. She appointed her younger brother Anand Kumar as vice-president and his son Aakash Anand as a national coordinator of the party, going against her old stand of opposing dynastic politics.