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Cong-BSP Rift Widens In Madhya Pradesh As Three Leaders From Mayawati's Party Join Congress

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The rift between Congress and Mayawati in Madhya Pradesh is out as the Congress leader and state CM Kamal Nath has refused to compromise with Mayawati's party
  • Following the rift, in a setback to BSP, three of its leaders - Pradeep Ahirwar, Devdutt Soni and  Satyaprakash Sakhwar - have joined the Congress at the party headquarters in the presence of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath

The rift between Congress and BSP in Madhya Pradesh is out as the Congress leader and state CM Kamal Nath has refused to compromise with Mayawati's party. 

Following the rift, in a setback to BSP, three of its leaders - Pradeep Ahirwar, Devdutt Soni and  Satyaprakash Sakhwar - have joined the Congress at the party headquarters in the presence of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath. 

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The relationship between SP, BSP who have been allies of the Congress in the Hindi-belt in the past have soured since the last few months.

Less than a week ago, in Uttar Pradesh, former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Kaiser Jahan and a former MLA of the same party, Jasmir Ansari, joined the Congress along with their supporters in the presence of UPCC president Raj Babbar in Lucknow, a party spokesperson said. Kaiser Jahan, former Sitapur MP, and Jasmir Ansari, former Laharpur MLA, expressed their faith in the leadership of party president Rahul Gandhi and the policies of the party, spokesman Brijendra Kumar Singh said.

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The SP and BSP have excluded Congress in their alliance in UP. While speaking to PTI during, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on January 22 said united opposition rally.

"If you take out the number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, you will notice that the BJP government doesn't have the majority. BJP keeps talking about social engineering. So, I also decided to correct my poll arithmetic and did it through this alliance," Akhilesh said.

He said that despite carrying out a lot of developmental works during his tenure as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, he lost the 2017 assembly elections as his poll arithmetic was not right.

"So, I decided to correct the arithmetic by taking along Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal and left two seats for the Congress," he said.

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