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BSP not to contest against Sonia

BAHUJAN SAMAJ Party (BSP) will not field its candidate against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi if she seeks re-election from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat, declared BSP supremo Mayawati. This arrangement between Congress and BSP will have no state-level or national ramifications. BSP will contest all the 403 Vidhan Sabha seats on its own, she said.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 01:10 IST

BAHUJAN SAMAJ Party (BSP) will not field its candidate against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi if she seeks re-election from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat, declared BSP supremo Mayawati. This arrangement between Congress and BSP will have no state-level or national ramifications. BSP will contest all the 403 Vidhan Sabha seats on its own, she said.

Addressing a workers conference here on Friday, Mayawati said the decision not to field a candidate against Sonia had been taken with an eye on national politics.

“If Sonia loses from Rae Bareli, BJP will be the ultimate beneficiary. To stimulate the tussle between Congress and BJP it is necessary to ensure the victory of Sonia from Rae Bareli. The fight between the two parties will benefit BSP”, she said.

“Sonia would have lost the Lok Sabha membership if she had continued on the MP’s post. The Congress is trying to build a hype over her resignation. They are terming it as a sacrifice but actually Sonia resigned to gain political benefit”, Mayawati said.

“Congress has lost its base in Uttar Pradesh and it is worried over the fate of its leader in the election”, she said. “To ensure victory of their leader a senior Congressman contacted me and pleaded not to field a candidate against Sonia”, she said.

Both Congress and BJP are opposed to the uplift of the downtrodden and dalit community. If they fight, then only BSP would be able to form its government in Uttar Pradesh as well as at the centre, she said.

Both BJP and Congress have been following the ‘divide and rule’ policy to keep the dalit community out of power. Now it’s our turn to use the same policy as a weapon to keep Congress and BJP out of power, she said. Focusing on her election strategy, Mayawati said along with the poor among the upper caste, BSP would also bring the members of the economically backward community and minority community on a single platform.  Training her guns on the Samajwadi Party government, Mayawati said SP MLAs have rebelled openly against their party and the government would collapse any day. “The chief minister might dissolve the house and go for early elections,” she said.

Directing the party workers to start preparation for the Vidhan Sabha polls, Mayawati said political instability might hit the UPA government at the Centre after the assembly elections in five states. In such condition both Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections might be held simultaneously. “Complete the organisational works by April and start preparation for elections from May,” she told partymen. Former BJP MP from Bahraich Padman Sen Chaudhary joined BSP on the occasion.   

Rebel MLAs of the BJP and SP were present at the workers’ conference of the BSP. SP MLAs Omvati, Kamlesh Pathak, BJP MLA Amarjeet Singh Jansevak, Phagu Chauhan, Ram Prasad Chaudhary, Chote lal Verma, five MLAs of BSP breakaway group Jaivir Singh, Surendra Vikram Singh, Dharampal Singh, Ram Krishna and Ramji Shukla were also present in the meeting. The presence of BJP MP from Balrampur Braj Bhusan Sharan Singh surprised all.