BSP chief Mayawati refutes speculations of alliance with AIMIM in UP’s assembly elections

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday rejected the conjecture of entering into alliance with any political party, including Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in the UP assembly polls that are due next year, in a development that indicated her conducy of being unwilling to be labelled as a leader pursuing the conciliation of minority.

In contrast with the 2017 UP assembly polls, when Mayawati deployed almost 100 Muslim candidates in her party, a move that backlashed on the BSP chief decreasing her party to just 19 seats.

Sending out a sharp retaliation about her postulated alliance with AIMIM, Mayawati, in fact said the speculations are “completely false, misguiding and factually wrong”.

BSP chief’s standing all alone in UP, and Uttarakhand, comes days after her party announced patching up an alliance with former BJP ally, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab.

The BSP had accepted to contest with 20 seats, leaving 97 seats with SAD in the 117 member assembly to fight the ruling Congress party.

The BSP chief said that Satish Chandra Mishra, party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP would be the chief of the national coordinator of the media cell.

One of Mayawati’s close associate, Mishra has been the brain behind the social engineering formula, forming upper caste-Dalit consolidation that propelled her to UP with an complete majority in 2007 assembly elections for the first time.

Mishra represented the BSP when it declared its alliance with the SAD in Punjab.

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