BSP will go it alone in Lok Sabha polls: Mayawati

She said the party would not forge any tie-up for the Lok Sabha elections, due in April-May, and would go it alone.

January 15, 2024 12:35 pm | Updated 06:19 pm IST - Lucknow

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati. | Photo Credit: ANI

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Monday reiterated her stand to fight the 2024 parliamentary polls alone but did not rule out a post-poll alliance.

“We suffer more losses from alliances. Most of the parties want to ally with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). But, the BSP will fight the elections alone. An alliance can be considered after the polls,” said Ms. Mayawati, addressing a press conference in Lucknow on her 68th birthday.

“With the support of people hailing from backward community, tribals, Dalits and Muslims, we (the BSP) formed a majority government in the state in 2007 assembly polls, and that’s why we have decided to contest the parliamentary elections alone. We will maintain a distance with those who are casteist and communal, and we will not join any alliance,” added the former four time U.P. CM.

Ms. Mayawati also put on rest speculation of retiring from politics adding she will continue towards strengthening the BSP. “Last month, I declared Akash Anand as my political successor at the National Council meeting of the party, following which it was being speculated in media that I may soon retire from politics. However, I want to clarify that it’s not the case, and I will continue to work towards strengthening the party,” said the BSP president.

The BSP chief asked the party leaders and workers to put all the necessary effort going into the 2024 polls.

U.P. leaders across the political spectrum congratulated the BSP president on her birthday. “Heartiest congratulations to the National President of the BSP, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms. Mayawati ji on her birthday. I pray to God for her good health and long life,” wrote U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath on X (formerly Twitter).

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