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After facing a defeat in the Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati hit out at the Modi government in a press briefing today. Taking a hard stance against the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Mayawati claimed that the malpractices of the BJP will not succeed in breaking the ties between Samajwadi Party (SP) and BJP. She added that the results haven’t hampered the SP-BSP relation a bit. “I would like to tell BJP and company that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP. Yesterday’s results have not affected the SP-BSP tie up in any way, not even by an inch,” BSP Chief Mayawati said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday said that party MLA Anil Singh, who yesterday voted in favour of the BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, had been suspended for cross-voting.
Speaking to the media, Mayawati alleged that the BJP tried to use the Rajya Sabha elections to demolish the newly-formed relationship between her party and the Samajwadi Party (SP).
“The BJP influenced yesterday’s election and tried to create differences in the new alliance between the BSP and SP,” said Mayawati at a press conference.
Instead, she asserted, Friday’s polls were not going to affect relations between the two parties.
The BSP supremo accused the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh of “misusing” government machinery and spreading “terror and fear.” The former UP Chief Minister claimed that even if the entire system was deployed to loosen the SP-BSP bond, nothing could be done. “BJP did not deter from indulging in malpractices. They exerted all their force to ensure that the BSP candidate does not win at any cost. The entire system was deployed to ensure that the newly formed ties between BSP and SP loosen,” said Mayawati. The BSP chief said that when the Rajya Sabha polls were announced in UP, the Samajwadi Party high command and BSP got together so that the BJP’s ninth candidate couldn’t win the election. It was also tried to make an effort to ensure that this election does not become a blot on the face of democracy, she added.
“An environment of fear was created due to which there was cross-voting,” she charged.
Mayawati also took a dig at the ruling party over its losses in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls – seats vacated by the state’s chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.
“This immoral victory cannot make up for their defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. Even BJP is aware of this,” she said.
The BJP, on the other hand, termed Mayawati’s allegations “baseless.”
“Ever since they lost election we’ve been hearing several excuses from BSP. They didn’t even have sufficient votes. Somehow they tried to get votes by getting close to SP to no effect. SP didn’t transfer their votes. Horse-trading allegation is baseless,” responded party leader GVL Narsimha Rao.
Yesterday, after news of the BJP’s win in nine of the 10 Upper House seats in Uttar Pradesh broke, Adityanath took a shot at the new BSP-SP alliance, saying: “People have seen SP’s opportunistic face. They have seen how SP can take from others but cannot give back. This is nothing new since SP has been doing this for years.”
In “advice” for the BSP, he said that for an intelligent person, it was only necessary that before falling into the ditch, they should learn a lesson from the jolt they had received.
He also thanked the BJP’s allies and independent MLAs “because they listened to their inner voice.”
In the Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh yesterday, BJP scored a big win as it grabbed 9 out of 10 seats. The SP won 1 seat with Jaya Bachchan’s victory while the BSP failed to open the account. Arun Jaitley, Anil Jain, GVL Narasimha Rao, Anil Agarwal, Vijay Pal Tomar, Kanta Kardam, Ashok Bajpai, Harnath Yadav, Sakaldeep Rajbhar were BJP’s nine victorious faces.
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