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BSP to fight solo in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand elections: Mayawati says no plans for tie-ups

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday said her party will fight the assembly elections alone in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and dismissed reports of a tie-up with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) as "completely false, misleading and baseless."

BSP to fight solo in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand elections: Mayawati says no plans for tie-ups-dnm
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Lucknow, First Published Jun 27, 2021, 11:57 AM IST
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Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party will go solo in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand state polls, to be held early next year, party chief Mayawati tweeted this morning, refuting media reports that plans are afoot to tie up with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM in the state.

In a series of tweets, the BSP chief also stated that her party has only announced a political tie-up with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the Punjab assembly elections to be held next year.

"This news is being broadcast in news channels since yesterday that the AIMIM and BSP will fight the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh together. This news is completely false, misleading and baseless. There is not even an iota of truth in this and the BSP vehemently denies it," Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.

"It is again clarified, in this regard, that except Punjab, the BSP will not contest the UP and Uttarakhand state polls early next year in alliance with any party which means it will fight on its own," she said in another post.

The two parties have also finalised the seat-sharing agreement in the 117-member assembly - with SAD contesting on 97 seats and the BSP on 20.

The BSP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have allied to contest the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections. The BSP, which stormed to power in 2007 by winning 206 seats, was left with just 80 seats in 2012.

The BSP chief had earlier ruled out any possibility of joining hands with the Samajwadi Party when she slammed Akhilesh Yadav.

She had stated that the "condition of SP" has become so bad that the expelled MLAs from another party are being called by the chief to join the party just to "remain in media" limelight.

BSP chief further said the SP chief has lost his faith among his local leaders.

"It seems that the SP chief is no longer having faith in his local leaders, while investigating such people along with other parties, especially from the SP, only the right people are included in the BSP which is well known," she added.

In 2014, Mayawati's party did not win a single Lok Sabha seat, and in the 2017 Uttar Assembly elections, it bagged only 19 seats.

With BSP's support base dwindling over the years, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party have been trying to woo the Dalit voters ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2022.

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