Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav finally made it formal , that their alliance would not include the National Congress for the national elections. For the Congress, who pitched for grand opposition alliance to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national election.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader , Behen Mayawati , said it was “well known” that her party as well as Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party would not benefit from tying up with the Congress.
“Past experience tells us that the Congress can’t transfer votes to us. Maybe it’s a conspiracy by the Congress to transfer votes to the BJP,” said Mayawati.
“We ensure that votes are transferred to the Congress but they don’t reciprocate. We experienced this in 1996, when we tied up with the Congress and the Samajwadi Party had the same experience in the 2017 assembly polls,” said Mayawati.
In 2017, Akhilesh Yadav joined hands with the Congress , but the alliance – glamourised by posters of Akhilesh Yadav and Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “UP ke ladke (UP boys)” – failed to sway voters and he lost power.
Mayawati also referred to the Emergency in 1975-77, declared by the Congress government which jailed several opposition leaders and imposed restrictions on the media.
The two leaders ( Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati ) were photographed hugging and bumping foreheads in what became a defining image amid opposition bonhomie.
After few months , Mayawati’s tune changed, as her seat sharing negotiations with the Congress for few state elections yielded no common grounds.
“The BJP and Congress and naagnath and saapnath (both snakes),” she declared as she declared the talks a failure.