On Wednesday, when Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati bashed the Congress party on various fronts during a press conference, many in the political circle thought that this was the beginning of the end of the 'Mahagathbandhan', an association formed by the opposition parties, supposedly led by Congress, in their quest to defeat BJP.
But the very same day, all the hue and cry and myths about the 'Mahagathbandhan' was put to rest by BSP's Sudhindra Bhadoria. During the 9 PM debate of Republic TV, he was asked about the impact which Mayawati's statement could cause to the Mahagathbandhan. He replied to it by saying, "There was no Mahagathbandhan."
Bhadoria went onto add, "We had an alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and won in Phulpur where the Congress fought on its own. There was never a Mahagathbandhan, we had a gathbandhan. We defeated BJP and Congress in Phulpur. That's the Samajwadi Party and us. Congress contested against us as well as the BJP, and we still won over there. We will show it in 2019 that there will be a secular, democratic government which will be not one of these people who are trying to show this country, is still trying to run the country in a feudal style."
Earlier in the day, Mayawati tore into Congress and confirmed that BSP will not fight solo ahead of the Assembly elections in 2019. “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 former UP CM also stated that there are a few individuals who do not want an alliance between the two parties. She added, "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."