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Mayawati drags SP-BSP alliance to brink of collapse

Mayawati has reckoned that the Yadavs' vote did not transfer to the BSP candidates while Hariom Yadav of the SP said BSP alone benefited from the alliance

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India Elections Mayawati drags SP-BSP alliance to brink of collapse

Lucknow: With the results of the Lok Sabha election disappointing former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, she has, after discussions with the party leaders, asked for a review of the nearly five-month-old alliance with the Samajwadi Party. The future of this SP-BSP political coalition is now uncertain.

Reacting to the statement of Mayawati, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that he had predicted that the SP-BSP combine would break after the elections.

Mayawati held a review meeting in Delhi with party leaders on Monday, which was the 12th day after the results of the Lok Sabha election. She said the alliance did not get the result desired.

Mayawati reckoned that the Yadavs’ vote did not transfer to the BSP candidates. Hence the alliance, she said, would now be reviewed.

The SP was likely to contest this claim as it suffered more in this election, and it did. Hariom Yadav of the party said that only Mayawati benefited from the tie-up. “If the coalition hadn’t happened, Mayawati would have been at 0 and SP would have won 25 seats,” Yadav said. “Yadavs did vote for Mayawati but her vote share went to the BJP.”

Mayawati said that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav could not even ensure victories for his wife and brother. According to sources, following the stand of Mayawati, the SP-BSP combine is on the verge of breaking.

In a meeting with all the BSP MPs and district presidents of UP, Mayawati said that BSP would contest all the by-elections for the Assembly. She said now her party must aim at 50% of the vote-share.

Prior to the Lok Sabha election on 12 January, two archrivals in Uttar Pradesh politics, the SP and BSP, made the historic decision to contest the general election together, but the alliance just flopped in the elections. The BSP got 10 seats while the SP got a mere five.

Before the results, it was believed the alliance could perform well in Uttar Pradesh. The mainstream media hailed the future of the alliance.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is still in favour of maintaining the alliance and there has been no reaction to Mayawati’s statement from him.

While Mayawati was holding a review meeting with party leaders in Delhi, Akhilesh Yadav was thanking the public at a joint rally with the BSP in Azamgarh.

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