Post the rupture in the SP-BSP coalition, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, on Wednesday has said that while the 'gathbandhan' experiment had failed, it did not change his perception of BSP Supremo Mayawati. He also added that the trial had identified the limitations in his party.
"Trials happen many times and you may not succeed at times, but you atleast get to know your limitations. I can assure you that I stand by what I had said about Mayawatiji in the first press conference, that my glory is her glory," he said.
On contesting independently in the UP Assembly elections he added that he would consult with his party officials and strategize a plan as more 'Samajwadi' people were needed in the government for 2022.
"Talking about the gathbandhan and contesting alone, the path in politics is always open. For contesting independently in the coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, I will talk with all my party officials and will strategize a plan accordingly. And in 2022, we will work towards electing Samajwadi people into the government as it is the need of the country," he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party had decided to contest the UP assembly bypolls separately after their combination failed to stop the BJP from gathering majority of the seats in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha elections. The BJP bagged 62 of 80 Lok Sabha seats while the SP-BSP-RLD grand alliance won only 15.
Following the crack in the 'gathbandhan', the ruling BJP on Tuesday ridiculed the two parties for parting ways within a fortnight after the Lok Sabha results, saying it was bound to happen as their leaders had come together only to serve their self-interest.
"The voters rejected outright the casteist and opportunistic politics of these two parties," UP BJP spokesperson Hero Bajpai told PTI.
BJP leaders also recalled that during the election rallies Prime Minister Narendra Modi had predicted that May 23 will be the "expiry date" for the grouping, and their leaders "will tear each others' clothes" after the Lok Sabha poll results are declared that day.
Previously on Tuesday, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati broke the SP-BSP gathbandhan and announced that her party will contest the upcoming by-polls in Uttar Pradesh solo. In a press briefing, 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. 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?" she said.
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.