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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Mayawati looks south, to address rallies with JSP’s Pawan Kalyan next month

Jana Kalyan Sena chief Pawan Kalyan was in Lucknow on Friday for the pact with Mayawati’s BSP. He said the JSP would project Mayawati as the JSP-BSP alliance’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 18, 2019 11:08 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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BSP chief Mayawati has announced her party’s alliance with actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena Party (JSP) in Andhra Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. (HT Photo )

After finalising pre-poll alliances in the northern states, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has set her eyes on the southern states and is working to build an alliance with the regional parties that are not allied with either the BJP or the Congress.

On Friday, Mayawati announced her party’s alliance with actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena Party (JSP) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. She will address rallies in Andhra Pradesh on April 3 and in Telangana on April 4 along with Pawan Kalyan. The BSP will also contest the Andhra Pradesh assembly elections in alliance with the JSP.

Pawan Kalyan, younger brother of Telugu film star Chiranjeevi, launched Jan Sena Party in 2014. He campaigned for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP in the 2014 assembly election. “The alliance (BSP-JSP) will project Pawan Kalyan as the chief ministerial candidate in Andhra Pradesh,” said Mayawati.

Pawan Kalyan, who was in Lucknow for the pact, said the JSP would project Mayawati as the JSP-BSP alliance’s prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

The BSP has already announced that it will field candidates on 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. The BSP had contested the 2018 assembly elections in Karnataka in alliance with JD (S).

Though the BSP managed to win only one seat in the state election, but Mayawati played pivotal role in the formation of a non- BJP government. After JD (S) opted for alliance with the Congress, the BSP snapped ties with the JD (S).

Interestingly, on Sunday JD (S) national general secretary Danish Ali joined the BSP and is likely to contest the Lok Sabha election from a seat in west UP.

Reacting to Danish Ali joining the BSP, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in a tweet said Ali joined the BSP after seeking consent from him and national president HD Devegowda in a purely political arrangement between the two parties.

“It is a thoughtful political decision taken by the JD (S) and the BSP to win more Lok Sabha seats.”

In a meeting of various state units held here on Tuesday, Mayawati had directed the office bearers of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala units to start preparations for the Lok Sabha election.

“Talks are on with the local parties in both the states for prepoll alliances,” said a BSP leader and added Mayawati would address public meetings in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on April 10 and 11.

The party hopes to get the support of the Dalits, Dalit Christians and Backward community members in both the states.

Mayawati will kick off her Lok Sabha election campaign from Bhubaneswar in Odisha on April 2. She will address a rally in Nagpur on April 5 and thereafter launch campaign in UP by addressing a joint rally along with alliance partner the SP and the RLD in Deboand on April 7.

Though the talks for pre-poll alliance with Ajit Jogi led Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) is continuing, Mayawati is likely to address public meeting in Janjgir on April 14.

The BSP had contested the recent assembly elections in alliance with JCC. A BSP leader said if the JCC would extend support to the BSP if it decided not to contest the Lok sabha elections.

A political observer RK Gautam said though the BSP failed to make significant presence in the assembly as well as Lok Sabha elections in the southern states, Mayawati was working to expand her party’s base by fielding candidates.

“It was the formation of the JD (S)- Congress-BSP government in Karnataka after 2018 assembly elections that buoyed Mayawati. She is now planning to cash in on the momentum,” he said.

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First Published: Mar 18, 2019 11:07 IST