Rejecting Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s rallying cry that all the secular forces should come together to overcome the challenge posed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mayawati said Mulayam and his party themselves thrived on communal politics in the state.

Mayawati made it crystal clear that her party would fight in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017 on its own and there was no question of joining forces with Mulayam and his party.

“I will never join hands with Mulayam,” said Mayawati.

“Mulayam Singh is hand-in-glove with communal forces. There is no question of an alliance with him,” she added.

Mayawati blamed Mulayam of indulging in politics of opportunism, adding that the former UP chief minister was only interested in getting into power.

“SP chief only believes in politics of opportunism and is interested in power,” Mayawati said.

Meanwhile, Mulayam on Wednesday while responding to Lalu’s earlier suggestion said that he (SP chief) should ally with Mayawati in order to defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh, had said that if RJD chief mediates then he is ready to consider allying with the BSP supremo.

“If Lalu is ready to mediate, then I will consider joining hands with Mayawati,” Mulayam said.

Lalu has already allied with his bête noire Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar in Bihar to check the saffron party in the state.

If Mulayam and Mayawati come together in Uttar Pradesh, it will surely pave way for a new political equation in the politically crucial state.

A united opposition front in Uttar Pradesh could have also put forward fresh challenge for the saffron party which under the tutelage of newly-elected BJP president Amit Shah performed incredibly in the Lok Sabha elections in the state, winning 71 out of 80 seats.

Ending weeks of speculations, bitter foes for almost two decades former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday hugged each other as they launched a joint campaign in support of their alliance candidates for the August 21 Assembly by-polls, and took on ruling BJP at the Centre.

 

                                    Highlights
Mayawati rejects Lalu’s suggestion to join hands with Mulayam
She makes it clear BSP would contest elections alone in UP
BSP chief accuses Mulayam of indulging in communal politics
Mayawati says Mulayam practices politics of opportunism
Mulayam had expressed willingness to combine forces with Mayawati if Lalu mediates
Lalu suggested Mulayam and Mayawati should come together to defeat BJP in UP
Lalu, Nitish joined hands in Bihar to overcome BJP
Grand alliance of Congress, RJD and JD (U) to take on BJP in Bihar
NCP pledged support to grand alliance in Bihar
New alliance seen as attempt to keep in check splitting up of secular votes
BJP won 71 seats out of 80 in UP
In Bihar, saffron party registered victory on 31 seats out of 40

An important UPA ally NCP has also pledged unconditional support to the JD (U)-RJD-Congress alliance for the by-poll to keep BJP away from power.

Defending his move to join hands with old rival Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said alliance of secular parties in Bihar would serve as a "medicine to neutralise the poison of communalism BJP was spreading in the country after coming to power".

Speaking about the alliance, Kumar, who shared the dais with 'Bade bhai' (elder brother) Lalu Prasad at Hajipur on Monday after 20 years of political rivalry, said it was formed to check the division of votes which was a major reason behind the victory of BJP in the parliamentary election.

"The new experiment of unity of secular forces against BJP has started from Bihar and will soon extend to other parts of the country," he said.

Kumar, who had led JD (U) to sever 17-year-old ties with BJP over the elevation of Narendra Modi as PM candidate, said he (Modi) and his party (BJP) were masters in spreading myths to hoodwink the people.

"Recently, it was portrayed that the visit of Narendra Modi to Nepal helped ward off the threat of flood in Kosi areas of Bihar on Indo-Nepal border... Message was spread as if this man stood on the path and stopped flow of water from Himalayan country into Kosi area,” he said.

"When we worked hard to prevent damage due to flood, it came to light that the threat was never serious. The myth was spread to boost the image of the great human being (Narendra Modi)," he added.

 

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