NEW DELHI — The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has announced on Monday a permanent end to the gathbandhan with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and said that future elections it will contest on its own, according to media reports.
Earlier this month, Mayawati had announced that the party would contest the upcoming bypolls separately but had kept the window open for an alliance in the future.
Mayawati’s decision comes after an all India meeting of the BSP was held in Lucknow Sunday followed by a late night round of state-wide meetings.
Mayawati in a tweet said: “Despite SP’s ant-Dalit government and decisions between 2012-17 we decided to go ahead with the gathbandhan and forget the past. However, the behaviour of the SP after the Lok Sabha general elections compels the BSP to think whether it will be possible to defeat the BJP again. That is not possible. So, in the interest of the party and the movement, the BSP will now fight all the major elections on its own.”
BSP supremo’s tweets in Hindi read:
परन्तु लोकसभा आमचुनाव के बाद सपा का व्यवहार बीएसपी को यह सोचने पर मजबूर करता है कि क्या ऐसा करके बीजेपी को आगे हरा पाना संभव होगा? जो संभव नहीं है। अतः पार्टी व मूवमेन्ट के हित में अब बीएसपी आगे होने वाले सभी छोटे-बड़े चुनाव अकेले अपने बूते पर ही लड़ेगी।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) June 24, 2019
The SP and BSP had tied up before the Lok Sabha bypolls in the state in early 2018 wherein they defeated the BJP in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana.
The two parties then decided in January to extend their tie-up to the general elections. At the time, Mayawati described the alliance, which marked the coming together of bitter rivals after nearly 25 years of hostility, as the “rajnaitik kranti (political revolution) of 2019”.
The upcoming bypolls are to be held in 11 Assembly seats after eight MLAs of the BJP and one each of Apna Dal (S), SP and BSP were elected to Lok Sabha.
(With inputs from The Indian Express)