BSP To Contest All Madhya Pradesh Seats Alone, Rules Out Alliance With Congress

| June 18 , 2018 , 09:02 IST

Following the success of the UP bypoll in Kairana, where the RLD candidate was backed by Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party has ruled out an alliance with the Congress in the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls. The BSP would be contesting all 230 seats alone, the state president said on Sunday.

The BSP recently elevated its Uttar Pradesh unit president Ram Achal Rajbhar as the national general secretary, also giving him charge of Madhya Pradesh.

“I was asked by the media about Congress leaders saying that there are discussions underway with the BSP for an alliance (for MP elections) for the next assembly elections. I clarified that we are not in discussions at the state level and, I think, neither at the central leadership level,” Ahirwar was quoted by PTI.

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“As things stand today, we are going to contest all 230 Assembly seats,” he said, adding, “I have received no directives in this connection (alliance) from the central leadership.”

Meanwhile, the state Congress claimed that the party never said that alliance talks were on with the BSP.

“We never named any party. The Congress only said that we will try to have an alliance with political parties with similar ideology. We never mentioned BSP’s name,” MP Congress media cell’s Manak Agarwal said.

As a part of the BSP's strategy for the Madhya Pradesh state assembly elections, which are expected to take place in November or December this year, the party has set up 4 zonal units in the state and is also expanding its booth-level committees from the current 6-7 members to 23 members.

The statements from the BSP and the Congress come at a time when the Opposition parties are attempting unity to face off the threat from the BJP, which has been winning states across the nation.