No truck with any political party, says Mayawati (Lead)

July 1st, 2008 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

Lucknow, July 1 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Tuesday said her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will not have any truck with any political outfit, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party, during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and criticised the Samajwadi Party for its turnaround on the nuclear deal. “We will go alone to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Even in future, the BSP will not form an alliance with the BJP or other parties,” Mayawati told reporters here at a press conference.

Mayawati rubbished the statement of the BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful L.K. Advani during a rally in Kanpur June 27, hinting about a BSP-BJP alliance. Addressing the rally, Advani endorsed the BSP’s complaint that it was being discriminated against by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

“It is a conspiracy of L.K. Advani and the BJP to distract the Muslim voters from the BSP, who have fixed great hope on the party,” she said.

She said that the turnaround by the Samajwadi Party (SP), which earlier opposed the Congress over the nuclear deal issue and now seemed all set to extend support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, has greatly disappointed the Muslims.

She said that the growing support of Muslims to the BSP was worrying the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP. “As a result, the three parties were making every effort to dissuade members of the Muslim community from extending support to BSP,” she added.

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