Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said on Saturday that her party will not form any alliance for the assembly elections this year and the Lok Sabha polls next year.
“The BSP will contest the elections on its own and try to emerge as a force to reckon with in national politics,” she said, adding that the party’s outside support to the Congress-led UPA should not be interpreted as being in alliance with the Congress.
“The BSP’s ideology is different from the Congress party’s and we are supporting the UPA government to keep communal forces out of power,” she said.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the BSP’s political rivals are trying to create confusion among her party supporters by saying that it is preparing to form an alliance with other parties ahead of the general elections. “It’s a political conspiracy to damage the prospects of the BSP in the Lok Sabha elections,” she said.
Dismissing notions that the 2014 elections will be a straight contest between the Congress and the BJP, the BSP chief said, “The reality is different because ordinary people hate the two parties. The voters have given enough opportunities to the Congress and the BJP. But the UPA and NDA governments failed to fulfil the people’s aspirations.”
Asked to react to BJP leader Narendra Modi’s statement that there is an understanding between the Congress, SP and BSP, Mayawati sidestepped the issue and said instead that the in-fighting in the BJP between LK Advani, Rajnath Singh and Modi would benefit the BSP electorally.
On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s observation that the BSP president has not allowed the emergence of the younger generation of Dalit leaders, Mayawati shot back by asking who had stopped Congress from doing so. “Rahul can let not one but thousands of Dalit leaders to emerge,” she said.