BJP supremo Mayawati today strongly ruled out of having any kind of alliance with Congress in any state for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. Having excluding Congress in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state with 80 Lok Sabha seats in the country, by formulating alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s’s Samajwadi Party, she asserted same policy will be adopted towards Congress in other states also.
She said that her party’s alliance with SP was based on “mutual respect” and “honest intentions”, adding that “the SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh”.
Her comments gaining prominence on the day when the Congress party is holding its crucial Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad, to chalk out its poll strategy. Though both BSP and SP decided not to field any candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the traditional strongholds of the grand old party, they made it clear that in other seats they will fight together against BJP, ignoring Congress presence.
Of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the SP will contest 37 and the BSP 38, leaving three for the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and two for Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi). The BSP will put up its candidates mostly in western Uttar Pradesh.