In a big snub to Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati asserted on Tuesday that her party would not join hands with the Congress anywhere in India.
Mayawati’s assertion came amid speculations that she and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav may rethink on their decision to keep the Congress out of their alliance in Uttar Pradesh, post recent developments involving counter-terrorism measures.
Latest opinion polls revealed that there has been significant surge in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, which could help return the ruling NDA to power in the April-May polls. In the wake of this development it was rumoured that there were backroom parlays to help the Congress join the SP-BSP alliance in order to prevent the BJP from winning big in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati’s statement today has put such speculations to rest.
With the 80 Lok Sabha seats, poll performance in the state is crucial for any party, hoping to form the government in the centre.