Better to go it alone than beg for seats in alliance: Mayawati

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NEW DELHI, OCT 09:
Only last week, she had ruled out alliance with the Congress to fight the coming Assembly polls in three States.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati asserted on Tuesday that her party will rather fight elections on its own than “beg” for seats in any alliance.
Only last week she called off talks with the Congress to fight the coming Assembly polls in three States together as it did not agree to part with as many seats for the BSP as she demanded.
A BSP statement quoting her also lashed out at the Congress and the BJP, saying the BSP would never compromise with the self-respect of Dalits, tribal people, backward people, Muslims, other minorities and the upper castes’ poor irrespective of the “malice and torture” of the governments run by these two parties.
That was why the BSP had put forth the condition of being given a “respectable number” of seats to enter into an electoral alliance, Ms. Mayawati said, according to the statement.
“What it clearly means is that the BSP will not beg for seats in any alliance. If this [respectable number of seats] does not happen, then it will continue to fight polls on its own,” she said on the occasion of the death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
Ms Mayawati alleged that neither the Congress nor the BJP worked for the upper castes’ poor and the remaining majority. She, however, added that her party would continue to strive to oust the BJP government. She described it as casteist, communal, arrogant, malicious and narrow-minded.

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