Gathbandhan Breaks: Mayawati Calls Off Alliance With SP And Blames Akhilesh For Poll Drubbing, Announces That BSP Will Contest Upcoming U.P Bypolls Solo


Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati  on Monday 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.

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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.

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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.

  • Gorakhpur and Phulpur Bypolls: Bypolls were held in 2018 in Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies of Uttar Pradesh in which the Samajwadi Party(SP) and BSP alliance won. The victories were enormously significant for a number of reasons, including the seats having previously belonged to U.P CM Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya before they vacated the seats to join the state assembly. Based on the successful experiment, the SP and BSP made a range of choices that have culminated in their joint-outing in 2019.

    The by-polls were the first time since 1995 that Mayawati-led BSP came together with Mulayam Singh Yadav's SP after the infamous 'guest house incident' had set off decades of vehement hatred between the two parties. Known to be Adityanath's bastion, the 2018 bypoll was the first time that BJP did not field a 'mahant' of Gorakhnath temple. The SP-BSP alliance fielded joint candidate Praveen Nishad who won from the seat. In Phulpur as well, the SP-BSP alliance won. Immediately after, the SP and BSP's top leaderships had made a lot of noise about how the bypolls were a referendum on the BJP. However, as per the results of the Lok Sabha elections, bypolls were of little more than symbolic importance and hardly a herald for 2019.

    Moreover, Sanjay Nishad, president of Nishad (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) party, along with his son Praveen Nishad, a sitting Samajwadi Party MP from Gorakhpur joined the BJP in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The 'social engineering' that Akhilesh Yadav talked about during the by-polls seemed to have vanished as per the results of Lok Sabha elections. 



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