Just five months after sharing stage with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati on Wednesday dumped Congress ahead of the 2019 General Assembly elections, delivering a hammerblow to the grand old party’s big ‘Mahagathbandhan’ dream. Putting the Congress on the mat, the BSP supremo announced, while addressing a press briefing, that her party will contest Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh elections alone and will not be allying with the Congress.
“We will contest Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh elections alone. We will not gain anything if we will go in alliance with the Congress at any cost. We will not bow in front of Congress. We have power to uproot our political rivals on our own,” said Mayawati.
The BSP supremo, Mayawati, also claimed that the Congress wants to crush BSP’s movement.
“Congress wants to crush BSP’s movement. It is doing natakbaazi...Congress wants to destroy BSP party under grand alliance,” said Mayawati.
Mayawati also claimed that even though the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi, and Sonia Gandhi wants to forge an alliance with the BSP, leaders like Digvijaya Singh don’t want the same.
"People like Digvijaya don’t want us to ally with the Congress. There are other leaders too who don’t want that BSP and Congress should form an alliance. There are many Congress leaders who are maligning me. Their accusations are baseless. There are some leaders who want to demean BSP. But, I want to let them know that they will not succeed in their motives,” said Mayawati.
“We have self respect. No one can move me from my principles. They shouldn't blame us unnecessarily. We are not a ‘bechara’ (helpless) party,” she added.
Accusing Congress of appeasement politics, Mayawati said, “Just because Congress is afraid of BJP, they are not giving tickets to Muslim candidates. But we will give tickets to them.”
The BSP supremo also said that the Congress is using opposition parties for their own benefits. Mayawati also said that the Congress’ dream of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ will not fulfill.
“Congress’ ‘Mahagathbandhan’ will never be strong because of the reckless behaviour of its leaders. Congress is having a day dream that it will defeat the BJP,” said Mayawati.