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‘Not permanent break,’ Mayawati quits SP-BSP alliance; to go solo in UP by-elections

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 June 2019, 16:37 IST

Day after hinting political break-up with rival-turned-partner Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party, Mayawati has made an official announcement of SP-BSP alliance separation. Mayawati's announcement comes days after Lok Sabha elections results, in which 'Mahagathbandhan' faced remarkable failure.

Addressing a presser, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday called it 'not permanent break-up'. BSP chief said, "It's not a permanent break. If we feel in future that SP Chief succeeds in his political work, we'll again work together.



However, Mayawati also announced that if Akhilesh Yadav failed to retain the party's power, then her party will contest solo. Mayawati said all her party will contest by-polls solo. "....But if he doesn't succeed, it'll be good for us to work separately. So we've decided to fight the by-elections alone," she said.

"Ever since the SP-BSP coalition took place, SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav & his wife Dimple Yadav have given me a lot of respect. I also forgot all our differences in the interest of the nation, & gave them respect. Our relation isn't only for politics, it'll continue forever," Mayawati said.

"However, we can't ignore political compulsions. In the results of Lok Sabha elections in UP, base vote of Samajwadi Party, the 'Yadav' community, didn't support the party. Even strong contenders of SP were defeated," she added.

Days before Lok Sabha elections, Mayawati and Akhilesh joined hands and announced SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, keeping Congress aside. However, it was remarkable failure of Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh as it managed to bag only 15 seats---10 BSP, 5 BSP.  While Congress rolled down on 1 seat. BJP had clean sweep victory in UP and national polls.

Also read: Akhilesh Yadav couldn’t even make Dimple Yadav win: Mayawati on rift with SP alliance

First published: 4 June 2019, 11:27 IST