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SP waiting for Maya response to its ‘friendly’ overtures

In the Lok Sabha polls of 2014, within Uttar Pradesh, even though BSP did not get a single seat it got nearly 20 per cent votes – third largest after BJP (42.3 per cent) and Samajwadi Party (22.2 per cent). Yadav recently said that if SP-BSP forms an alliance, BJP would be wiped out from UP in the 2017 state assembly polls. But for this to happen BSP supremo Mayawati needs to let go of her ‘unfriendly’ state of mind.

“If BSP and SP join hands in 2017 polls, BJP will cease to exist in UP. But this might not be possible because of Mayawati’s reluctance to enter into an alliance with us,” he said.

When asked about his visibly soft stance towards BSP, SP’s main political rival in UP, Yadav, who is also party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin, said that they (BSP) were not enemies but just opponents. “In politics no one is your enemy. You are opponents of each other ideologically and politically,” he added.

Talking about the 1993 UP assembly elections, where the two parties had fought in an alliance, Yadav said, “I sat with (then BSP chief) Kanshi Ramji and finalised the formula to share 425 seats. Kanshi Ram’s vision was clear,” he said, and added that “Mayawati had no role in it”. “We had contested the elections together and it’s also true that the BSP gained in prominence after these elections,” he added.
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