Mayawati announces not to support SP in UP bypolls

NEW DELHI, March 27, 2018: The short honeymoon it seems is over. The unlikely partners, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), that joined hands for Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls have for now decided to separate.

Media reports said on Monday that BSP chief Mayawati announced that she would not ‘activate’ her party cadres for any of the upcoming byelections for Kairana parliamentary and Noorpur assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. Following the announcement, the SP would have to go it alone in the bypolls till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In a press statement issued after a meeting Mayawati held with BSP’s district and zonal coordinators, the party said: “BSP will not activate its cadres in any bypoll in future, the way it did it in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.”

The announcement comes three days after BSP lost the Rajya Sabha election to BJP despite getting support from SP.

It is also believed that Mayawati told the party coordinators that it had decided to extend ties between BSP and SP for the good of the country. “BJP may try as hard as it likes to instigate people against BSP and SP, but it will fail. We and all other opposition parties will have to work together to ensure that BJP does not come back to power,” she is believed to have told the coordinators.