Mayawati hints at break-up with Samajwadi Party; to contest by-elections


Lucknow | Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Monday hinted at a possible break-up of the grand alliance with Samajwadi Party.

Addressing a meeting of party leaders from Uttar Pradesh in Delhi, Mayawati announced that the BSP would contest the by-elections to 11 Assembly elections in the state on its own.

She asserted that her party had not benefitted from the SP and there was no exchange of vote banks.

She asked party leaders to start short-listing candidates for the 11 by-elections that will be held because these legislators have been elected to the Lok Sabha.

The BSP won 10 Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh. The party had contest 38 seats.

The Samajwadi Party, on the other hand, had contested 37 seats and could win only five.

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