BSP rules out truck with BJP, SP

NEW DELHI: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Friday ruled out any pre-poll or post-poll alliance with BJP or Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh where Assembly elections are due shortly.

"The question does not arise. We will go it alone in all the seats and get absolute majority on our own," BSP vice- president Mayawati told reporters here. She alleged that BJP had encouraged Union minister Ramvilas Paswan to float a separate party, Lok Janshakti Party, with an eye on the UP polls because "BJP's popularity among the electorate has shrunk considerably".

"But Paswan must realise that he has no following in the state. His party will not get a single vote in the Assembly elections," she claimed.

Mayawati said Paswan was befooling Dalits by promising them the right to education, health and employment.

"As a member of the Vajpayee government, he should take up the matter directly with the Prime Minister instead of sending a memorandum to President K R Narayanan. If he fails to do it, he should not only resign from the government but retire from politics," she said. Mayawati also condemned home minister L K advani for his reported remarks that various parties were trying to extract political mileage out of the recent killings in UP. "How can violence stop if over 20 MLAs and ministers are of shady character," she posed.

Mayawati described as election stunt Rajnath Singh government's decision to set up a committee to go into job reservation for the most backward castes. ( PTI )

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