Rajasthan 2018

BSP keeps options open in Rajasthan

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati addresses an election rally in Jaipur on November 26, 2018.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Bahujan Samaj Party, which had refused to enter into an alliance with the Congress before the Assembly election in Rajasthan, is yet to decide on extending support to the party to form a government. The BSP has won six seats.

The BSP’s identical tally of six in the 2008 election had left the Congress in trouble, as the party fell five short of the majority figure in the 200-member House. While the Congress had formed the government under Ashok Gehlot with the support of Independents, all the six BSP MLAs joined the ruling party within four months of the results.

Not yet approached

BSP State president Sitaram Meghwal told The Hindu that the Congress had not approached his party so far seeking its support. “Though the Congress may not need our support this time, any decision on the issue will be taken by [BSP chief] Mayawatiji,” he said.

SC population

Mr. Meghwal said the Congress would be in a comfortable position to form the government in the State. BSP candidates have been elected from Nagar, Kishangarh Bas, Tijara, Nadbai, Udaipurwati and Karauli.

The BSP, contesting Assembly elections in Rajasthan since 1990, has won mainly in the east with significant Scheduled Caste populations.

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