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Uttar Pradesh:

Mayawati on Tuesday announced that Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) will fight the upcoming assembly bye-elections in Uttar Pradesh alone. Earlier, there were reports that Mayawati, was in favour of ending the current alliance with Samajwadi Party.

“Ever since the SP-BSP coalition took place, Akhilesh Yadav (SP Chief) and his wife Dimple Yadav have given me a lot of respect. I also forgot all our differences in the interest of the nation and gave them respect. Our relation isn’t only for politics, it will continue forever,” Mayawati said, as reported by ANI.

“However, we can’t ignore political compulsions. In the results of Lok Sabha elections in UP, base vote of Samajwadi Party, the Yadav community, didn’t support the party. Even strong contenders of SP were defeated,” she added.

It was in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections that arch-rivals SP and BSP came together against BJP. The Mahagat Bhandhan, however, turned out to be a failure, unable to garner votes.

Mayawati, however, stated that, the break in the alliance is not a permanent decision and that the parties would come together, if and when required.

“If we feel in future that SP chief succeeds in his political work, we’ll again work together. But if he doesn’t succeed, it’ll be good for us to work separately. So we’ve decided to fight the bye-elections alone,” she said.

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