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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Mayawati’s threat after BSP candidate joins Congress in Madhya Pradesh

Lokendra Singh Rajput, the Samajwadi Party-BSP alliance candidate from Guna in Madhya Pradesh, quit on Monday and came out in support of Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 16:14 IST
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An agitated Mayawati took to Twitter on Tuesday threatening to re-consider her support to the Kamal Nath government in the state.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT FILE PHOTO)

BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday sniped at the Congress threatening to rethink her support to the Madhya Pradesh government, a day after her party’s candidate withdrew from the race and joined the Congress.

“The BSP candidate was intimidated and threatened and forced to drop out of the race but the BSP will give a reply by contesting under its own symbol and will also rethink whether to continue its support to the state government or not,” Mayawati tweeted. The BSP leader said the Congress was no better than the BJP in misusing official machinery.

Lokendra Singh Rajput, the Samajwadi Party-BSP alliance candidate from Guna in Madhya Pradesh, quit on Monday and came out in support of Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia.

An agitated Mayawati took to Twitter on Tuesday threatening to re-consider her support to the Kamal Nath government in the state.

Mayawati had supported the Congress in Madhya Pradesh after the party fell two short of majority in the Assembly elections.

In the 230-member House, the Congress has 114 MLAs, the BJP 109, BSP 2, SP 1 and Independents 4. The Congress has a slim majority in the House where the halfway mark is 116.

If the BSP withdraws support, the Kamal Nath government will be in minority and if the SP follows its alliance partner, trouble for the state government will grow.

Guna goes to polls on May 12, the sixth round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 15:02 IST