Party would rather fight polls on its own than “beg” for seats : BSP supremo Mayawati

Giving clear indications that she is not willing to be part of any alliance with Congress in 2019 polls, BSP supremo Mayawati today said that her party would rather fight polls on its own than “beg” for seats. A week after ruling out an alliance with Congress for the upcoming state elections, speaking at an event to mark the death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram, she lashed out at the Congress and BJP, saying neither of the two worked for the interests of the upper caste poor.

She made it clear that the BSP will never compromise with the self-respect of Dalits, tribals, backwards, Muslims, other minorities and the upper castes’ poor irrespective of the ‘malice and torture’ of the governments run by these two parties (BJP and Congress. Pushing boundaries with the Congress, the former chief minister said the BSP would not enter into any kind of alliance until its condition of being given a “respectable number” of seats was adhered to.

She declared taht if the Congress fails to offer respectable number of seats, the BSP will contest elections on its own. She told party cadre in a message that she would not bow to pressure tactics or conspiracies of rival political parties but continue with her effort to grab the key to power.

“The only condition BSP has put for an alliance is respectable (number of) seats. Instead of stitching the alliance, she accused that Congress leaders are following the path of the BJP to malign the image of BSP leadership. Cautioning party workers against the designs of rival parties, Mayawati said they were using all the tricks to weaken the BSP before the general elections but forgot the party’s history was full of struggles and “it will not retreat and give a befitting reply to the rivals in the Lok Sabha election”.

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