BSP chief Mayawati, today, firmly shut the door on Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party. In a string of tweets, Mayawati announced that the BSP would fight all elections on its own.
The two regional powerhouses buried years of acrimony to come together last year and forged what was considered a formidable caste coalition to take on the BJP in the general elections. But it failed to stop the BJP, which won 62 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats. Mayawati said the Samajwadi Party’s conduct after the general elections had forced her to review if it was possible to defeat the BJP like this.
“Therefore, in the interest of the party and the movement, now BSP will contest all future elections, big and small, on its own,” she said in a string of tweets. Mayawati’s tweets come a day after her party’s 150-minute late night meeting where she presented her analysis of the BSP performance. The BSP, which had contested the election in alliance with the SP and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal, won 10 seats. The SP won just 5 seats.
Mayawati, who had announced her decision to go solo to contest the bypolls to 11 assembly seats, however, insisted earlier that their breakup wasn’t permanent and they could be back together if Akhilesh Yadav got his act together.