BSP supremo, Mayawati on Wednesday came out to launch a scatching criticism on the Congress party. She not only levelled a series of accusations against Congress, but also ruled out any possibility of having an alliance with them in forthcoming elections at Madhya Pradesh, Chharisgarh and Rajasthan. She questioned the Congress’s intentions of defeating the BJP and accused them of trying to crush BSP. She also directly attacked senior Congress leader and Rahul Gandhi’s advisor, Digvijaya Singh, whom she called an “agent of the BJP.”
“Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a Congress-BSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI,” Mayawati said at a press conference.
“Digvijaya Singh, who is also a BJP agent, is giving statements that Mayawati ji has a lot of pressure from Centre so she doesn’t want this alliance. This is baseless,” the BSP chief added.
However maintaining a better opinion about Congress President, Rahul Gandhi and his mother, Mayawati said, “I feel that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’s intentions for Congress-BSP alliance are honest. However, some Congress leaders are sabotaging this.”
After Mayawati’s attack, Congress leader Digvijay Singh responded saying, “I have already made it clear that I respect Mayawati ji and have been in favour of Congress-BSP alliance from the beginning. In Chhattisgarh, there were talks for alliance but she didn’t go for it. In MP too, there were talks of alliance, but she declared 22 candidates.”
Saying that he follows Rahul Gandhi’s directions, the Congress leader added, “As far as I am concerned, I had been one of the bitterest critics of Modi ji, Amit Shah ji, BJP and RSS. Rahul Gandhi is our Congress chief, we follow his directions.”
Ruling out all possibilities of an alliance in upcoming important assembly elections, Mayawati said, “Congress has been routed in the country and yet it thinks that it can defeat the BJP alone.”
“In Karnataka we tied up with regional party. In Chhattisgarh too, we did the same. Now, we have decided to go alone in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. We may go with regional parties there but certainly not with the Congress,” she said.
“It was in the larger people’s and national interest that our party agreed to an alliance to check the BJP, which was pursuing anti-people, anti-farmer, anti-poor and pro-capitalist policies, from coming to power,” Mayawati said.
She claimed it was because of the Congress’ attitude that BJP remained in power in MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and other states for a long time and yet the party had not mended itself.
“If this was not so, why did the Congress adopt a stubborn attitude and offered meagre seats to the BSP in these three states when everyone knows our vote gets transferred…We do not benefit much from alliances,” she said referring to past instances.
Mayawati claimed the BSP had always supported the Congress to check the communal parties. But instead of feeling indebted to the BSP leadership, Congress like the BJP, betrayed us, she said adding “there are a number of examples and the Taj Corridor issue is one such case”.
Mayawati had earlier announced that the BSP will tie up with Ajit Jogi’s party for the Chhattisgarh assembly polls.
(With inputs from agencies)