New Delhi, April 21: Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party may not field its candidates in the twin Congress strongholds in the upcoming high-stakes general elections.
Citing BSP leaders close to party supremo, Times of India reported that the move would stop the division of votes and pit BJP in a direct electoral contest with the Congress.
With this, it is speculated that BSP is following the suit of its 2019 ally. As Samajwadi Party has not been fielding candidates in Amethi since 2004 and in Rae Bareli since 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
“One cannot rule out chances of party staying away from Amethi and Rae Bareli if the alliance with SP materializes,” TOI quoted senior BSP leader as saying.
“In doing so, the party may well be able to transfer its votes to Congress,” he added.
According to the sources, opposition parties are already working on seat sharing.
“BSP and SP will decide which seats to contest based on their past performance while Congress will be given 10-12 seats where it is strong. These will definitely include Amethi and Rae Bareli,” stated a Congress leader.
In the meantime, a senior BJP leader admitted that a triangular battle in Amethi would go in ruling party’s favour.
When we look out at BSP’s past performances, in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, it’s vote share in Amethi and Rae Bareli was 14% and 16% against BJP’s 4% and 6%, respectively.
Prior to this in 2004, Mayawati’s party had a vote share of 17% in Amethi, while SP attained 19% votes.
Although, the Congress has also been backing BSP with its seven MLAs having first voted for BSP candidate in the recently held Rajya Sabha election.
Despite losing Rajya Sabha election, however, Mayawati had thanked Congress, saying she was grateful to the party for having ensured that all its legislatures casted vote for BSP candidate.