Tag: Mayawati

Mayawati calls alliance with SP ‘useless’ after winning 10 LS seats

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A file photo of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has called off her party’s ‘grand alliance’ with Akshilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh and decided to go solo in the upcoming bypoll for 11 Assembly seats.

In a meeting with her party people on Monday, Mayawati termed the alliance as bekar (useless) as there was no transfer of ‘Yadav votes’ to her party candidates in the recently held Lok Sabha elections.

She also derided Akhilesh Yadav for being unable to ensure his wife Dimple Yadav’s win. Dimple lost the Kannuaj Lok Sabha seat, which has over 3.5 lakh Yadav voters. The seat was held by her family members since 1999.

Both BSP and SP had contested 38 seats each in the state, while leaving the remainder of 80 Lok Sabha seats to other smaller parties in their ‘grand alliance’. While BSP’s tally went up from zero to 10 in 2019 elections, compared to 2014, SP remained the same with 5 seats.

Incidentally, the purpose of grand alliance was to stop the BJP from winning a significant number of seats from the state, and thereby, prevent Narendra Modi’s return as prime minister. The arithmetic of SP and BSP vote banks also indicated they could win most of the 80 seats if contested in alliance.

During the campaign, Akhilesh Yadav had repeatedly backed Mayawati for Prime Minister in case of a hung Parliament. In return, Mayawati’s BSP would help him return to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2022 Assembly elections, reports said.

However, the BJP alliance ended up bagging 64 LS seats in the state, crushing Mayawati’s hope for a grand show and the prime minister’s post.

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Communal pitch: EC gags Yogi for 72 hours, Mayawati for 48 hours

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Mayawati and Yogi Adityanath

Acting on a nudge by the Supreme Court on Monday, the Election Commission has issued separate gag orders against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati.

The order comes shortly after the election body was pulled up by the top court for not acting against political leaders for violating the Model Code.

Mayawati was addressing a poll rally in Saharanpur’s Deoband on April 7, when she appealed to the Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh not to waste their vote on Congress candidates, but to vote en masse in favour of SP-BSP alliance nominees in order to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

Responding to her statement, Yogi Adityanath had remarked: “If the Congress, SP and BSP have faith in ‘Ali’, we have faith in ‘Bajrang Bali’, the followers of Bajrang Bali will not tolerate them.”

The Election Commission had served both Mayawati and Yogi Adityanath with show cause notice. But within an hour after SC’s nudge, the EC issued gag orders under Article 324 of the Constitution.

As a result, the two leaders are barred “from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances (electronic, print, social media) etc in connection with ongoing elections” – for 72 hours for Yogi Adityanath and 48 hours for Mayawati. The order comes into effect from 6:00 AM on April 16.

This is the first incidence of such action over violation of Model Code taken  by the Election Commission this election season.