Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has dropped a massive hint over her intentions for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections - particularly over whether she has Prime Ministerial ambitions - just a short while after announcing that she won't contest the elections to India's lower house of Parliament which begin on April 11.
The answer to whether Mayawati has Prime Ministerial ambitions is in the affirmative if the former Uttar Pradesh CM's tweet is to be believed. She has harkened back to 1995 when she first became UP CM, highlighting that she wasn't a member of the assembly then, and similarly, in case a situation arises where she has to hold an office, she would have six months to become a member of Parliament. Most importantly, she mentions the words "minister/PM".
Here's her tweet:
Meanwhile, Mayawati has received a firm backing from her Lok Sabha polls ally Akhilesh Yadav. The Samajwadi party chief has thrown his lot in behind Mayawati's decision to not contest the elections, saying it's her personal decision in order to strengthen her party's efforts. He has also concurred with the point of view that if anyone wants to go to Parliament, they can do so later.
He has also backed Mayawati campaigning for his father Mulayam Singh Yadav who will contest elections from Mainpuri. Mayawati and the SP's Yadavs have been arch-rivals for years until they were forced to come together in order to 'save the constitution.'
Mayawati and Akhilesh have a lot of ground to make up in terms of their disappointing result in the 2014 elections. The SP had only managed to win five seats out of 80 whereas the BSP didn't win a single one. The Congress, meanwhile, won only two seats while the BJP stormed to 71 wins. The SP-BSP have point blank refused to ally with the Congress this time around, resulting in what is likely to be a three-sided contest for India's most electorally significant state.