It's Mayawati's turn now to set the tone for grand opposition alliance

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BSP supremo Mayawati's unambiguous statement Saturday that the party's defeat in the Rajya Sabha polls won't affect SP-BSP ties is a first clear indication that she is not averse to the idea of a grand opposition alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "I would like to tell BJP and company that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP".

The Rajya Sabha polls saw the BJP bag a total of nine out of 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, while the SP-BSP backed SP won a solitary seat. Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she stated that the saffron party indulged in malpractices and used force to unfairly win the elections while ensuring that the BSP candidate doesn't win at any cost.

As an effort to preserve the alliance, the SP has cancelled the victory celebration of its candidate Jaya Bachchan which was supposed to be held at the party headquarters in Lucknow today.

The BJP candidates were Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, party's national general secretary Anil Jain, spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao, Vijay Pal Tomar, Kanta Kardam, Ashok Bajpai, Harnath Yadav, Sakaldeep Rajbhar and Agarwal.

BJP leaders said they are alive to the challenge and claimed CMs Yogi's recent announcement to explore a quota within quota for the Extremely Backward Castes and Most Backward Dalits will break SP-BSP's refrain.

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Mayawati said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his "chela" (acolyte), Adityanath, would be spending sleepless nights realising they had failed to distance the BSP from the Samajwadis.

Attacking on the BJP, she said "This immoral victory can not make up for their defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur". The Allahabad High Court has denied permission to BSP's Mukhtar Ansari, now lodged in Banda jail, to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Senior Congress leaders such as Raj Babbar, Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh had been camping in Lucknow to ensure all seven Congress MLAs vote for the BSP. "I fear that they are again hatching a similar conspiracy after making O.P. Singh the new DGP of the state", she alleged. While one of them Kailash Nath Sonkar voted for the BSP, another one Triveni Ram made his vote invalid deliberately. Mr Maurya said Ms Mayawati stated that Akhilesh has not joined politics at the time of Guest House case but she should express her thoughts about others accused of the case. The BSP had helped the SP bag both the seats in the by-polls. However, Misra claimed that the votes of the SP, BSP and Congress remained intact in the election.

In the 2017 UP elections, the BJP alliance's vote share was greater than the combined vote share of the Congress, SP and BSP in 116 of the 325 assembly constituencies won by the BJP and its partners.

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