‘Samajwadi Party will contest all 11 seats in UP by-polls’: Akhilesh Yadav puts seal of approval on SP-BSP breakup

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday put the seal of approval on the break-up of the SP-BSP coalition when he said that his party will fight all 11 seats where Assembly by-elections are to be held in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier in the day, BSP President Mayawati had declared at a press conference that her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would contest the forthcoming Assembly by-elections alone.

Mayawati said she was taking a break from her partnership with the SP.

“It is not a permanent break,” she explained, asking the Samajwadi Party to bring about reform in the conduct of its cadre.

She said that the Yadav voters had not supported the alliance.

“If Yadavs had voted in full measure for the alliance, senior SP leaders like Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav, and Akshay Yadav would not have lost from Yadav-dominated seats. This is a matter of anxiety for the Samajwadi Party,” she said.

The BSP President clarified that her party did not profit with the base vote of the Samajwadi Party.

In the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, the SP and BSP contested 37 and 38 seats respectively and won 5 and 10.

In the run-up to the elections, both parties had claimed that the alliance will continue even after the Lok Sabha battle.

On Sunday, Mayawati had given clear hints at a party meeting in Delhi that the alliance with SP was almost over.

The BSP President, in a clever move, said that her relations with Akhilesh Yadav and his family would remain unimpaired and if the circumstances in SP improved, she could do some rethinking on the coalition.

Akhilesh Yadav, on the hand, did not comment directly on Mayawati’s statement but said the SP would form its own government in Uttar Pradesh in 2022 when Assembly polls are to be held.

This is being seen as an implication of the SP also going alone in the Assembly polls.

“I will consult my party leaders and then decide. We are going to contest the by-elections and form a government in 2022,” he said.

After the SP’s election debacle, party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav had asked Akhilesh Yadav to revive the party by bringing back senior elders who had left. He also hinted at bringing back Shivpal Yadav who had formed his own party.

Mayawati on Monday blamed Shivpal Yadav for the poor show of the SP and had said that he transferred Yadav votes to the BJP.

Though the SP-BSP break-up was anticipated after the Lok Sabha elections, the sudden change this time is that Mayawati has shown her softer side by valuing Akhilesh Yadav and his family and maintaining that the personal relationship between the two former Chief Ministers will continue.

Informed sources claim that this was part of her policy to keep the SP in good temper and leave a window open for future opportunities.