New Delhi: Mayawati, leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), made a significant announcement on Wednesday, stating that her party would not form any alliances and would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana independently. This decision comes just a day after the opposition alliance, the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), was announced.
Mayawati strongly criticised the alliance of 26 like-minded parties, INDIA, and accused the Congress party of aligning itself with “casteist and capitalist” parties. She expressed her party’s determination to contest the elections alone and highlighted their focus on the aforementioned states.
“We will fight elections alone. We will contest the assembly elections on our own in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana this year,” she said while addressing a press conference here in the national capital.
The BSP Supremo further said that the casteist, anti-poor, and capitalist mentality of the Congress and the other parties is the reason why BSP has decided to contest the upcoming elections without the opposition’s INDIA.
The Congress Party is forging alliances with like-minded casteist and capitalist parties to come into power,” she said.
Earlier on Tuesday, the 26 like-minded parties concluded the two-day meeting in Bengaluru after agreeing to come under one name—the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance—to take on the BJP government at the Centre in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.