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SP, Cong misleading Muslims, says Maya

With an eye on well-entrenched Muslim votes in Uttar Pradesh, CM Mayawati firmly rules out possibility of an alliance with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, reports M Hasan.
Hindustan Times | By M Hasan, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2008 01:52 AM IST

With an eye on well-entrenched Muslim votes in Uttar Pradesh, CM Mayawati on Tuesday firmly ruled out possibility of an alliance with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. She attacked the Opposition accusing it of spreading venom against the BSP.

Addressing newspersons, the BSP chief said a conspiracy had been hatched against the party by the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and their allies after the BJP’s “flopped rally” in Kanpur. “There is a political conspiracy to mislead the Muslims,” she said.

“Advani said something at the Kanpur rally which provided political fodder to the Congress and the SP,” she said, adding, “This is misleading and baseless”.

The BSP has never contested election in alliance with the BJP and there is no plan in future either, Mayawati said. The SP, she said, always helps the BJP on crucial issues.

She said the SP and the Congress are trying to stop Muslims from shifting to the BSP, as the community is opposed to the controversial Indo-US nuclear deal and are therefore, harping on a “BSP-BJP pact”.

Mayawati said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav decided to join hands with the Congress to escape from the CBI. “There is a deal between Congress and SP...They have been fighting for survival and had thus hatched a plot to defame the BSP.”

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