BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday outright ruled out her party extending support to Narendra Modi and a BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. She was reacting to the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s suggestion in a TV interview that despite the high-voltage campaigning, the possibility of post-poll tie-ups with Ms. Mayawati, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee could not be ruled out.
Condemning Mr. Modi’s statement as a political conspiracy, Ms. Mayawati categorically said the BSP would not forge a tie-up “even if [SP chief] Mulayam Singh, Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa were to support the BJP.”
Talking to reporters here, Ms. Mayawati said: “When “Narendra Modi, who has a communal mindset, talks about taking BSP support, it seems a ploy to influence the sarv samaj , especially Muslims.” She said BSP cadres had not forgotten how in 2003, when she headed the BSP-BJP alliance government, the BJP tried to derail the “BSP movement.” She was forced to quit as Chief Minister to save the Bahujan movement. Moreover, she alleged, she was implicated in fake cases by the CBI when the NDA was in power at the Centre.