Maya Ends SP Pact With Tweets

BSP chief Mayawati tweeted her party will contest all elections on its own, signalling the end of the alliance with Samajwadi Party.

The BSP chief claimed her party had adhered to the ‘gathbandhan’ dharma in the interest of the country but was now forced to do a rethink. While reacting to Mayawati’s decision to go solo, a senior SP leader accused her of weakening the fight for social justice.

The RLD, a partner in the grand alliance, said it had nothing to do with Monday's developments and its alliance was with the SP not the BSP.

“Everyone is aware that forgetting everything of the past as also the anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions like reservation in promotions and bad law and order during the SP rule in 2012-17, the BSP adhered to the 'gathbandhan dharma' with the SP in the interest of the country,” she tweeted in Hindi. “But the SP's attitude after the elections has forced the BSP to think, will it be possible to defeat the BJP in the future? This is not possible,” she said.

“Therefore, in the interest of the party and the movement, the party will contest all small and big elections on its own strength,” Mayawati added.

Soon afterwards, Samajwadi Party’s national general secretary Ramashankar Vidyarthi said Mayawati was speaking against the SP in haste because of the Dalit support to his party and its leader Akhilesh Yadav.

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