Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan lashed out at BSP chief Mayawati after she blamed the SP for BSP's drubbing in the May 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Questioning Mayawati's claim on SP's bad conduct single-handedly leading to the loss of the Gathbandhan in the elections, he said that the alliance was a mutual call and that both the parties had deliberations before the alliance was announced.
"The alliance was stitched with mutual agreement. The coalition was struck after much deliberations of pros and cons. What can we do if she wants to contest alone in the polls?", Khan told media outside the Parliament.
"Is there any proof of what she said? I don't think she should have made such a hollow statement", he added.
Earlier on Monday, Mayawati had announced the breakup of the Mahaghatbhandan, severing all ties with the SP and taking a call to contest in all major polls alone.
"However, the conduct of SP after the Lok Sabha elections forces BSP to think whether it is possible to defeat the BJP by joining hands with the SP. It is not possible. Hence in the interest of the party and the movement, the BSP in future would contest every big and small election on its own," Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi.
The BSP supremo had also blamed the SP workers for not cooperating during the polls thus leading to a humiliating defeat in the hands of the BJP. While BSP managed to win ten seats in the Lok Sabha, the SP managed to retain only five of the eight strongholds.