Mayawati rules out joining Lalu Prasad Yadav's 'BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao' rally in Patna

Mayawati, however, hinted that she could entertain the grand alliance plan in future if seat sharing was in favour of the BSP

IANS August 24, 2017 17:46:03 IST
Mayawati rules out joining Lalu Prasad Yadav's 'BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao' rally in Patna

Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party on Thursday said it will not join the 27 August rally — Bhajpa Bhagao, Desh Bachao — in Patna, dealing a blow to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's bid to stitch together a front of all opposition parties.

Mayawati rules out joining Lalu Prasad Yadavs BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao rally in Patna

File image of BSP chief Mayawati. PTI

The history of such experiments has not been heartening, hence the party has decided not to be part of the rally called by Lalu Prasad Yadav at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, BSP chief Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow.

"In the past too, the BSP has entered into alliances with some parties but our experience has not been too good, after alliances the other parties have back-stabbed the BSP," she said, adding that it has been often noticed that after elections, alliances disintegrate.

The four-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister, however, hinted that she could entertain the grand alliance plan in future if seat sharing was in favour of the BSP.

The party had earlier dissociated itself from a poster on Twitter showing Mayawati with other opposition leaders. It even had a picture of her with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who is at daggers drawn with the BSP.

Akhilesh Yadav is flying to Patna on 27 August to attend and address the rally, said party chief spokesman Rajendra Choudhary.

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