Special Correspondent

‘Mayawati’s withdrawal of support meaningless’

“Mayawati trying to divert people’s attention”

‘Regional parties have no stake in govt. formation’

LUCKNOW: The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled out any pre-or post-poll alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The possibility of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati moving towards the NDA has been making rounds of political circles following BSP’s withdrawal of support to the UPA government.

In a reiteration of the party’s stand on the issue, the BJP described Ms. Mayawati’s withdrawal of support as a political stunt.

Party State unit president Ramapati Ram Tripathi said here on Sunday that the political drama was staged by Ms. Mayawati to divert people’s attention from serious issues such as price rise and corruption. Mr. Tripathi said the move was meaningless as the UPA government was not formed with the BSP’s support.

Mr. Tripathi told reporters that the question of an alliance with an opportunist party like the BSP did not arise. For the saffron party, the Lok Sabha elections would revolve around the BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led UPA. Regional parties had no stake in government formation at the Centre, they could only play the role of political blackmailers, the UP BJP chief remarked.

Regarding the party’s preparedness for next year’s Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Tripathi said a preliminary assessment had been made on all the 80 parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh, which also included shortlisting the names of the possible candidates.

He said the BJP’s Lok Sabha election campaign would be launched by the Leader of Opposition, Lal Krishna Advani at the “Vijay Sankalp” (resolve for victory) rally in Kanpur on June 27. Subsequently, political rallies would be held in other parts of the State.