Mayawati, BSP, SP, Akhilesh Yadav, cut ties, alliance, elections,

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Monday announced that the party will contest all elections on its own in future, ending the ‘mahagathbandhan’ with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP).

The current announcement, made by Mayawati in a string of tweets, has finalized the breakup between the two parties.  

“Despite SP’s anti-Dalit government and decisions between 2012-17 we decided to go ahead with the gathbandhan and forget the past. However, the behaviour of the SP after the Lok Sabha general elections compels the BSP to think whether it will be possible to defeat the BJP again. That is not possible. So, in the interest of the party and the movement, the BSP will now fight all the major elections on its own,” Mayawati tweeted.

This tweet from Mayawati came a day after an all-party meeting of BSP in Lucknow followed by state-wise meetings went on till late night “without media presence”.

Earlier, Mayawati had called off alliance with SP for the assembly elections.

The two parties once arch rivals, came together for the first time in 2018  before the Lok Sabha by polls in the state wherein they defeated the BJP in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana.  The two parties decided to extend their alliance in general elections in an effort to drive away BJP from the state. However, the ‘mahagathbandhan’ failed miserably as the two parties managed to win only 15 seats out of 80 seats between them. The saffron party won 62 seats.

The upcoming bypolls are to be held in 11 Assembly seats after eight MLAs of the BJP and one each of Apna Dal (S), SP and BSP were elected to Lok Sabha.

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