On Sunday, BSP
met Congress leader Kamal Nath in New Delhi, according to the Congress Madhya Pradesh
spokesperson, Manak Agarwal. The Congress-BSP
seat-sharing arrangement was still being worked out, but it had been decided in principle, sources said.
On Tuesday, Mayawati
removed BSP’s national coordinator Jai Prakash Singh
from all party posts. Singh had on Monday said Mayawati, and not Congress president Rahul Gandhi, deserved to be the prime minister. He had insinuated that the Congress chief was a foreigner since he looked more like his mother Sonia Gandhi than father Rajiv Gandhi.
chief advised members of her party to “refrain from speaking anything about any alliance at any level” in Uttar Pradesh and other states, as long as it was not announced. “They should leave it to the party high command,” she said.
Until the Karnataka Assembly polls, the BSP
had not had a pre-poll alliance with any other party since 1996. In 1993, it had a seat adjustment with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, and then in 1996 in UP with the Congress.
made an exception for the Karnataka Assembly polls held in May this year. She had an alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular), and one of her candidates, N Mahesh, won. He is now a member of the H D Kumaraswamy-led council of ministers in Karnataka.
is also negotiating an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh for the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats. She had supported SP candidates in the Lok Sabha by-elections in Phulpur and Gorakhpur. SP candidates had won on the two seats.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BSP
wants to contest on 30 to 40 seats, while the Congress is unwilling to give it more than 18. In 2013, BSP
candidates had won 4 seats and were runners-up in 11 constituencies. All these 11 seats were won by the BJP. BSP
candidates were also a respectable number three on a couple of seats.
The Congress is unwilling to share seats with Mayawati
In Chhattisgarh, Mayawati
has been in talks with Ajit Jogi-led Janhit Congress Party, after the Congress showed little interest in having an alliance with the BSP
in that state.
In Andhra Pradesh, the BSP
is in talks with the YSR Congress Party.
In Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad has asked Mayawati
to campaign for his party. There is a likelihood of an alliance as well.