Lucknow, Nov 16: BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday said her party is open for alliances with secular parties in Lok Sabha and state polls but will do so only if it is given a “respectable share”.
Hitting out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mayawati said the saffron party use muscle and money power against its candidates in the forthcoming urban body polls.
At a meeting of BSP leaders to review the party’s preparedness for the polls, Mayawati forewarned her party candidates to be wary of the “machinations of the BJP” and not to “fall prey to their tricks”.
The BSP is contesting the urban body polls for the very first time in the state on its own symbol. It had so far given support to independent contestants in the past.
Mayawati also alleged that of late, the BJP was trying to spread a rumour that she was trying to push her brother and nephew into politics and that the next generations were in the pipeline to take over the party leadership.
Apart from this she said in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, the Congress party, she claimed, was not even ready to part with sharing 25 seats in Gujarat and 10 in Himachal Pradesh, which it had lost in the previous elections.
She told media that although her close aide Satish Chandra Mishra and political advisor to Congress President Ahmad Patel held meetings for seat sharing in poll bound states , nothing concrete emerged, forcing the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to abandon the efforts.
“Our experiences of alliances with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 1996 and with the Samajwadi party (SP) in 1993 were also not very good,” she added, explaining her party’s reluctance to engaging with opposition unity efforts.