Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday confirmed that her party will contest the Lok Sabha election 2024, as well as, state legislative assembly polls alone.
“Congress party is forging an alliance with like-minded casteist and capitalist parties to come into power and the BJP is also strengthening NDA but, their policies are anti-Muslim and anti-Dalit”, Mayawati said, confirming that her party would neither go with the 26-member INDIA alliance nor the 39-member NDA alliance.
Addressing a press conference, the 67-year-old Dalit leader said the party’s preparations are going in full swing ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“We will fight the elections alone. We will contest the election on our own in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and in Haryana, Punjab, and other states we can contest elections with the regional parties of the state,” the former UP chief minister said.
The BSP chief said, “These parties don’t work for the welfare of the people. They have not done anything for Dalits, Muslims, and minorities. All are the same. When they come to power, they forget their promises. They have not fulfilled a single promise made to be the people. Be it Congress or be it BJP. This is the biggest reason why BSP has not joined hands with the opposition.”
The BSP contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election in alliance with SP in Uttar Pradesh. It polled 19.43% votes and bagged 10 seats while SP won 5 seats. However, in the 2022 U.P. assembly election, the BSP polled 12.88% of votes and bagged merely one seat.