Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday broke the SP-BSP gathbandhan and announced that her party will contest the upcoming by-polls in Uttar Pradesh solo. This comes after the embarrassing defeat of the SP-BSP gathbandhan in the Lok Sabha election 2019.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Mayawati said:
"We cannot overlook political compulsions. The recently concluded Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh is the evidence that Samajwadi party has lost its base vote that is the Yadav community. There must be some discontentment in the voters, therefore they did not vote for SP. Examples are the party bastion of Kannauj where Dimple Yadav lost, Badaun where Dharmendra Yadav lost and in Firozabad where Ram Gopal Yadav's son was defeated. If they did not get their base vote, how will their vote transfer to BSP? In the party meeting on June 3 in New Delhi, we have decided to contest the upcoming by-polls solo."
However, she also added that this is not a permanent break. Alleging that the party workers of Akhilesh Yadav led party are not as dedicated as the BSP cadre, she said:
"SP cadre need to be as hard working as the BSP. They missed this opportunity in this year's election. If I will see that the SP chief has been successful in making their cadre effective along with his political responsibilities, then we can work together in the future. The SP cadre also needs to distance itself from the politics of caste and division."
In a defence of sorts, 144 days after breaking the ties with the SP, she said that there is no doubt that Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav respects her and she too treats her as a family and has forgotten all the past differences between the parties.
While Samajwadi party bagged 5 seats losing some of its bastion like Kannauj in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Bahujan Samaj Party got 10 seats improving its tally from 2014 when the party was completely whitewashed.
Here is the reason that brought together arch rivals SP-BSP together in the state for the Lok Sabha polls, however, after the result their analysis of the reasons seems vague and inappropriate.