Mayawati rules out joining Lalu's rally in Patna

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 25, 2017

Mayawati on Thursday said that she would only participate in any "Mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance rally) only after the number of seats a party will contest is decided in advance.

The BSP supremo's move came as a big set back for Lalu, who in fact offered a Rajya Sabha seat from Bihar to Mayawati after she resigned from the upper house last month.

"Tejaswi Yadav is the youth leader India had been waiting for". The latest decision by Mayawati can be a big disappointment for Lalu Yadav as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi too has chose to give the rally a miss.

She said that seat distribution had emerged as a contentious issue between alliance in the past and this made the people lose faith in such alliances. The BSP president said that her party has always supported unity among secular parties and has also taken steps against "the BJP and company and RSS and their communal and casteist mentality".

The former chief minister said that BSP never compromises on self respect, and enters into an understanding only when it feels that it is getting respectable number of seats. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, his son Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and Left parties will not be attending the event.

Earlier, speculations have been rife that Mayawati may send her close aide and RS MP SC Mishra as party representative to the much-awaited rally, which is scheduled to be attended by a host of opposition leaders, including SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. This also benefitted the BJP, she said. The RJD which is trying to unite the Opposition parties against the BJP before Lok Sabha elections of 2019 is apparently failing in its attempts.

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