A day after Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) suffered a setback in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections in spite of support from Samajwadi Party (SP), on Saturday she confirmed that results will unlikely impact the newfound affability between the 25 years arch-rivals.
The BSP chief also launched a sharp attack on the BJP for allegedly engaging in “horse trading and fear to force lawmakers to switch sides, only because it wanted to defeat a Dalit candidate.”
“Fearing of the outcome of Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypoll results, the BJP tried to create a rift between the SP and BSP via the Rajya Sabha elections by forcing in a ninth candidate,” Mayawati said.
“We are happy with our performance, Our candidate supported by SP and BSP had garnered 32 seats in first preference but loss in because his numbers were more in the second preference,” the BSP chief added.
Mayawati further asserted that she has no complaints against the SP and Congress. “SP chief Akhilesh Yadav did what he had promised us,” BSP chief added.
Stating reasons for the loss, Mayawati said that one of her own party members cheated them by cross-voting and accused the BJP of "playing dirty games to win the election".
“We losing a seat is same as it is of the public. PM Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath government like always have misused the government machinery and perpetrated terror and fear along with horse trading to make a passage for its candidate to Rajya Sabha,” Mayawati added.
The BSP chief also added that the Rajya Sabha polls is a clear example that “BJP believes in money power than the constitution.”