SP friendship is unbreakable, says Mayawati

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati. How the Congress engages with the SP-BSP alliance could also have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

The Rajya Sabha polls saw the BJP bag a total of nine out of 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, while the SP-BSP backed SP won a solitary seat.

In all, 400 legislators cast their votes in the crucial elections in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded nine candidates, and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one each.

The defeat of BSP candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar in Friday's Rajya Sabha elections will "not have even an iota of impact" on her party's "growing proximity" to the SP, party chief Mayawati declared on Saturday. Mayawati hinted that both of the parties who were earlier arch-rival may contest 2019 general elections in a alliance.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, she claimed that it was due to fear that some people cross-voted in the polls.

This is also true at the constituency-level, when we compare the seat-wise BJP vote share with the combined vote share of BSP and SP. A calculation of tallies show that the BJP's strength in the 245-member House will go from the existing 58 to 69 and that of the Congress will fall from 54 to 50 when the new MPs take oath next week. "She is disappointed and frustrated that she could not win the Rajya Sabha seat", Singh said.

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Mayawati also attacked independent MLA from Kunda, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, who on Saturday voted for SP candidate but had tweeted that he was with Akhilesh but not with Mayawati. "But since yesterday they have been distributing candies", she said.

The BSP supremo had said that it will be unnecessary to drag Akhilesh Yadav in the VIP guesthouse incident as he was not into politics at that time.

She also alleged that the BJP blatantly misused the government machinery to ensure the defeat of the BSP candidate. "When her MLA voted for our Rajya Sabha candidate, then she says money is being used in elections, but when Om Prakash Rajbhar voted for them, she calls it a vote of conscience, Singh said, adding the Rajya Sabha elections were done in a transparent manner".

The SP had stitched an alliance with the BSP to help the Mayawati led party get a Rajya Sabha seat, which the BSP chief vacated previous year in a hurry after she was allegedly not allowed to speak on Dalit exploitation by the BJP. The BSP chief also blamed the BJP for trying to blackmail her. The BSP had helped the SP bag both the seats in the by-polls. The UP Deputy CM claimed that the SP president had termed Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar as "land mafia" when he was the Chief Minister and had changed name of thecollege which was at the name of BSP founder Kanshiram in Saharanpur.

The Samajwadi Party has 47 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, of whom Nitin Agarwal is expected to vote for the BJP.

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