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BSP-Cong alliance announcement likely on Mayawati’s b'day

india Updated: Jan 11, 2014 23:15 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Maywati is expected to spell out her stand on a pre-poll alliance with the Congress at a rally in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15.

It was learnt the Congress has been sending feelers to the BSP for a tie-up.

Many Congress general secretaries, in their separate set of suggestions to a party panel headed by defence minister AK Antony have suggested that an all-India alliance with the BSP would be “beneficial” to the party in the next general elections.

The BSP has been supporting the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. It continued the support when the Trinamool Congress pulled out of the coalition last year, reducing the UPA’s strength from 273 to 254 in the 545-seat Lok Sabha, slightly below the halfway mark.

The BSP chief has also scaled down her plans for her 57thbirthday celebrations, which used to have extravagant affairs on previous occasions.

Her birthday, celebrated as “arthik sahyog diwas (financial help day)”, also used to witnessed active participation of bureaucrats.

“This has been done in solidarity with Muzaffarnagar riot victims,” a senior BSP leader said, adding the rally at Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow is the only event planned for the day.

By this austerity measure, the BSP seeks to nail the ruling Samajwadi Party which has faced flak for spending crores on Saifai festival.

Apart from alliance, Mayawati is expected to speak about BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Third Front and Akhilesh Yadav government’s “failure” on governance and the law and order issues.