BSP will go solo in Assembly bypolls, not a permanent break with SP: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday made it official that her party BSP will contest bypolls to 11 Uttar Pradesh assembly seats alone. She said the political compulsions had forced her to go solo in the assembly by-elections. 

“We cannot ignore political compulsions. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections, the Yadav community did not support the Samajwadi Party. The strong contenders of SP were also defeated. We thus need to think about the situation,” Mayawati told reporters.

The decision came after BSP-SP alliance flopped in the Lok Sabha Elections. She said she was taking a break from her partnership with the SP. Clarifying, that It is not a permanent break, Mayawati said, “If her party feels in future that SP Chief succeeds in his political work, we will again work together. However, if that does not happen, it will be good for us to work separately.”

Mayawati said her ties with Akhilesh Yadav went beyond politics, however, it would be tough to ignore the political situation.

“Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav have given me a lot of respect and I have also forgotten things in the past and treated them like my own family. We won’t make these relations for political gain. It will continue forever,” she said.