BSP to contest Assembly polls in Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu alone says party chief Mayawati

March 15, 2021 | Updated 3:51 pm

BSP to contest Assembly polls in Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu alone says party chief Mayawati File phot of BSP chief Mayawati (Photo/ANI)

The Bahujan Samaj Party will contest Assembly polls in 4 states alone, BSP party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said on Monday (March 15). She said the party will not forge any alliance in Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and  Tamil Nadu. “Assembly elections are set to take place in many states of the country. Our party is contesting elections in Kerala, West Bengal, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on its own. We will not form an alliance with any party in these four states,” she said while addressing a press conference on the birth anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.

“Only BSP has given its everything to take forward his work so that Dalits, oppressed, tribals, backward classes, Muslims and other religious minorities can lead a life of dignity. BSP is working hard to prepare them, ” she said targeting the voters of the four poll-bound states.

Mayawati further commended her party and former dalit leaders, slamming the Centre of being narrow-minded, “In every meeting and public rally, they are told about Kanshi Ram and Baba Saheb Ambedkar, that as long as there are casteist and capitalist government and governments with narrow-mindedness at the Centre and state, there won’t be proper changes in the economic and social status of these people.”

In a tweet earlier on March 12, Mayawati had condemned the alleged attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that the incident was sad and unfortunate (roughly translated from Hindi). “West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s sudden injury during the election is very sad and unfortunate. Wish her a speedy recovery from the injuries. At the same time, the Election Commission should also take it seriously and high-level investigation into the matter is needed, this is BSP’s demand,” she said in a tweet.

Ahead of the crucial Assembly polls in as many as 5 states, Mayawati has been often seen accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress of ‘always neglecting saints and great men born in Dalit, Adivasi and OBC sections of the society.

(with inputs from ANI)