In a major setback to Opposition unity ahead of next year Lok Sabha election, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday announced that her party would contest Assembly elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh either on its own or in alliance with regional parties, but not with the Congress.
Ms Mayawati accused the Congress of trying to “finish” her party. She said the grand old party was more interested in destroying her party than dislodging the BJP.
“In Karnataka, we tied up with a regional party. In Chhattisgarh too, we did the same. Now we have decided to go it alone in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. We may go with regional parties there, but certainly not with the Congress,” she said in a statement.
Ms Mayawati had said the BSP will tie up with Ajit Jogi’s party for the coming Chhattisgarh Assembly polls.
Accusing the Congress of finishing her party, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday ruled out an alliance with the Congress in the coming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
"The Congress is two steps ahead of the BJP in attempts to finish the BSP. We have decided that the party would not ally with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan at any cost," she said.>