Mayawati says no to I.N.D.I.A and NDA

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati  said she won’t be in any alliance for the upcoming assembly elections in four states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, as well as the Lok Sabha elections in 2024, denying any move to join either the Opposition alliance INDIA or the BJP-led NDA.

She urged the media to refrain from spreading misinformation or rumors regarding the BSP’s pre-election partnership with any particular organization.

The BSP leader said in a few postings on X that the NDA and the INDIA are mostly coalitions of parties with anti-poor, pro-communal, pro-dhannaseth, and capitalist policies—policies that her party is always fighting against. Therefore, it is not necessary to consider running in their support for office.

She appealed, “Therefore, appeal to the media — no fake news please.” In the approaching Lok Sabha and assembly elections in four states, Mayawati said that the BSP, similar to 2007, would go it alone by uniting millions of people who have been ignored or dispersed on the basis of fraternal brotherhood rather than the manipulations of the opponents. She pleaded with the media to stop repeating falsehoods.

Even while everyone wants to form an alliance with the BSP, according to the speaker, if they don’t, the opposition will accuse them of working with the BJP, much like a cat clawing a post. “If you comply with them, you are secular; if not, you are with the BJP. This is blatantly unfair, and if grapes are discovered, much the better; otherwise, as they say, the grapes are sour.

Clarifying Imran Masood’s expulsion from the BSP, Mayawati said that because the former MLA for Saharanpur is now praising the Congress and its senior leaders after leaving the BSP, it is only reasonable for people to wonder why he left one party first before joining another. How can anybody believe such individuals?

Mayawati’s remark put a stop to rumors that she wouldn’t attend the meetings of the opposition alliance INDIA scheduled for Mumbai on August 31 and September 1.

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