LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati demanded a “respectable share of seats and made it clear that her party will be compelled to go alone if it does not get a “respectable” number of seats in the anti-BJP alliance, while dismissing Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar as a stooge of the ruling party.
Mayawati claimed Chandrashekhar, who had been arrested last year following caste violence in Saharanpur, was out to split Dalit votes at the BJP’s behest. About the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the upcoming Assembly elections in certain states, Mayawati said, “The effort of the opposition parties will be to stop the BJP from coming to power at any cost.” For this, talks for forging an alliance are also going on, she said.
Mayawati hit out at the BJP claiming that its governments in the Centre and states had “worsened” the condition of the people by showing them false dreams. At a press conference, held for the first time in her new accommodation in Lucknow BSP supremo said “Our party is not against the alliance, but our stand is very clear that we will ally with a political party only if we get a respectable share of seats. Otherwise, our party feels it better to contest the elections alone.
She alleged that the Centre BJP government is against the Dalits, Tribals, backwards and minorities. BSP chief also distanced herself from Chandrashekhar. “For political reasons, some people are trying to relate to me, she further added.