We don’t need her: Cong
IN A blow to the prospects of an Opposition grand alliance to take on the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday said her party will not have an election tie-up with the Congress in any State. Mayawati’s statement drew a sharp retort from the Congress, with its Uttar Pradesh unit spokesperson saying, “We don’t need her.”
In a statement, Mayawati said, “It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any State.” Referring to her party’s pre-poll alliance with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said it is based on “mutual respect” and “honest intentions”.
“The SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh,” she said. The SP and the BSP have stitched together an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, keeping the Congress out, though the two parties decided not to field any candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the traditional strongholds of the grand old party.