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BSP to go solo in poll-bound Bihar, Bengal: Mayawati

india Updated: Jun 15, 2010 18:58 IST

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will go it alone in the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar and some other states including West Bengal, its supremo Mayawati said on Tuesday.

"We will contest the coming Assembly polls in Bihar and other states on our own," the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

She was addressing a public meeting here after reviewing the performance of BSP's state units of Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand.

Mayawati asked party cadres in Bihar and other states to emulate BSP's Uttar Pradesh formula of bringing all communities on board for electoral success and political power.

"We are an ideology-driven party working on the agenda of putting in place an equal society. The cadres should spread the ideology at the grassroots level to sway all sections of society in favour of the BSP," she said.

After storming to power in Uttar Pradesh, BSP wrested a number of seats from main opposition Samajwadi Party in various by-elections that followed in the state.

Mayawati complimented BSP's state units for their consistent efforts over the years to make BSP a force to reckon with.

Referring to Maoist violence, she said socio-economic policies followed by successive central governments have forced people to adopt the path of Maoism.

Since independence, successive central governments -- Congress, BJP or any other party -- have been pursuing "wrong" socio-economic policies that have deprived the poor and weaker sections of their share of development, she said.

These deprived people were compelled to adopt the path of violence to seek justice, she said referring to the Maoist menace.

She also blamed the UPA government for spiralling prices and said inflation was because of the Centre's pro-industry economic policies.

The Centre does not appear to be serious to check inflation as it decided to increase the fuel price knowing fully well its implications on price rise, she said.

The UPA government had rolled back the oil price to woo voters ahead of the parliamentary polls last year and increased the same after returning to power, she alleged.

Big parties like Congress and BJP receive huge funds from corporate houses for meeting their election expenses and return the favour when they come to power, she claimed.