BJP Feels The BSP’s Decision To Forge Alliance With Ajit Jogi Contradictory


New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes that the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) decision to forge an alliance with former chief minister, Ajit Jogi, in Chhattisgarh is a reflection of the contradictions that will emerge both while forming a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP has unilaterally announced 22 candidates for Madhya Pradesh and is still talking of carving out a national alternative to the BJP.

This will weaken the Congress further and improve the BJP’s prospects, they added. The BSP was in talks with the Congress in both the states.

BJP leaders argue this will have a repercussion in Uttar Pradesh where the Congress needs her more than she needs the Congress. “She has a committed vote. She feels 2019 is her moment. Why will she not dictate terms?” a union minister said.

Mayawati is reluctant to accept the Congress’s demand for more than a dozen seats in Uttar Pradesh, and she feels the presence of the Congress is limited to Raebareli and Amethi, the pocket borough of the Nehru-Gandhi family, a person close to the BSP chief said. The BSP is in talks with the Samajwadi Party (SP) of Akhilesh Yadav and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) of Ajit Singh for Uttar Pradesh.

“There is little room for the Congress, with the kind of demands it is making,” the BSP leader said. “Chhattisgarh has shown that Mayawati is very clear when it comes to seat sharing negotiations. She will forge an alliance on her terms.”

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