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Akhilesh Meets MLAs Ahead Of RS Polls In UP

26 March 2018

The smooth sailing of the SP-BSP alliance in the UP bypolls and evident bonhomie among the leaders of the two parties after tasting victory have raised expectations of a similar front being put up against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "They had hoped that it would distance BSP from the SP. Let me make it clear that we will continue to rally with the SP", Mayawati asserted.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav attacked the BJP claiming it would not have fielded nine candidates in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls from UP if it "cared for democratic values" as he held a meeting of Samajwadi Party MLAs in Lucknow. Mayawati has already said an upper-caste BJP used an Agrawal face to defeat its Dalit candidate.

The Samajwadi Party had planned a victory celebration for its candidate, renowned actress-turned politician Jaya Bachchan, after she was re-elected for her fourth term.

Mayawati not only acknowledged Akhilesh's efforts to back BSP's Rajya Sabha candidate, but also tried to play down the infamous guesthouse episode of 1995, involving some workers of Samajwadi Party.

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The BJP candidates were Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, party's national general secretary Anil Jain, Spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, Vijay Pal Tomar, Kanta Kardam, Ashok Bajpai, Harnath Yadav, Sakaldeep Rajbhar and Anil Agarwal.

"I would like to tell BJP and company that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP".

Senior leaders including Akhilesh Yadav and others were scheduled to attend the programme but "there appears to be no relevance of it now" after the other candidate supported by the party failed to make it through, Mr Sajan said.

Attacking on the BJP, she said "This immoral victory can not make up for their defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur". Mayawati said that Rashtriya Lok Dal's lone MLA wasted his vote by voting for the BJP, and hence in future, she would rethink of including the party in grand alliance.

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The party's Saroj Pandey won the the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Chhattisgarh, while Sameer Uranv emerged victorious in Jharkhand. The opposition leaders soon used the opportunity to say that the BJP used all its tricks to keep a Dalit out of the parliament.

RJD's newly elected Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha also tweeted, saying Mayawati has "spoken her mind" for opposition unity.

On including Congress into the joint opposition front, Mayawati gave positive response thanking the party for keeping its flock together and supporting the BSP candidate with all seven votes. "An environment of fear was created due to which there was also some cross-voting done", she said. However, Misra claimed that the votes of the SP, BSP and Congress remained intact in the election.

Two of the three legislators who could not cast their votes - Mukhtar Ansari of the BSP and SP legislator Hari Om Yadav - are in jail, while the Noorpur seat in Bijnore fell vacant following the death of BJP MLA Lokendra Pratap Singh.

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Akhilesh Meets MLAs Ahead Of RS Polls In UP