A day after suffering a setback in Rajya Sabha biennial polls, BSP supremo Mayawati stood firm that her party’s ‘understanding’ won’t be affected by the defeat of her candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar. BJP-backed Anil Agrawal got through after a BSP legislator cross voted, leaving Mr. Amberdkar short on the first preference votes.
Holding a presser in Lucknow, Mayawati alleged that BJP tried to create a rift between the two parties by indulging in malpractices to defeat her party candidate.
“There will not be an iota of difference in the close understanding between the BSP and SP because of the Rajya Sabha results yesterday,” Mayawati said at a press conference.
The three-time Uttar Pradesh CM also thanked SP and Congress for their support.
“I am thankful for the support of Congress and SP whose seven MLAs voted for BSP candidate as well as one SBSP MLA Kailash Nath Sonekar who voted as per his conscience and will stand by him in case he faces any trouble in future,” she said.
Meanwhile, taking a tough stand she announced the suspension of party MLA Anil Singh, who cross voted.
“The BJP tried every trick to defeat the BSP candidate and indulged in malpractices,” Mayawati said.
In a huge political development, the BSP-supported SP candidates defeated BJP candidates in the Lok Sabha by-polls of Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The invincible fortress of BJP were represented by CM Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.
(With inputs from PTI)