Rajya Sabha polls: SP cancels victory celebration after BSP loss

Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath

Amid reports of cross-voting from members of both ruling BJP and opposition parties, suspense continues for the 10th Rajya Sabha seat of Uttar Pradesh.

The BSP too has given indications that it remains positive about the new-found understanding between the two parties, with its national general secretary Satish Misra asserting that they got the SP votes and it was only "misuse" of power by the BJP which led to the defeat of his partys candidate. Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she stated that the saffron party indulged in malpractices and used force to unfairly win the elections while ensuring that the BSP candidate doesn't win at any cost.

Meanwhile, sending a signal of solidarity to the BSP, the SP on Saturday cancelled the victory celebration for its nominee Jaya Bachchan to be held in Lucknow. "Our party has suspended him", said the 62-year-old former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in reference to BSP MLA Anil Singh who had claimed yesterday that he cross voted for the BJP. The SP returned the favour by polling its surplus votes in favour of the BSP, but the BJP's Anil Agarwal managed to go through to the Upper House.

"After the defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the SP-BSP alliance is giving sleepless nights to the BJP".

Instead, she slammed the BJP saying that the Yogi Adityanath government has made then SSP of Lucknow, O.P. Singh, during whose tenure the incident took place in 1995, DGP of the state.

Prior to Mayawati's statement Saturday, Akhilesh had several closed-door meetings with senior SP leaders to decide the next course of action.

Asked about the possibility of the Congress being part of a future alliance against the BJP, Mayawati said: "I thank the seven Congress MLAs for supporting Ambedkar". And she said the Rajya Sabha election results will not affect on their tie-up.

"It can take votes but not give votes in return", he said referring to SP's victory in the recent Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. "The BJP desperately wants the SP-BSP alliance to break before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls". Her comments on BJP's loss in the byelections which she says can not be undermined by the ruling party is a reflection of the strong uproar that is building in the opposite flank. It was also tried to make an effort to ensure that this election does not become a blot on the face of democracy, said the BSP supremo, adding that she and her party supported the opposition. The BSP had helped the SP bag both the seats in the by-polls.

In the 2017 UP elections, the BJP alliance's vote share was greater than the combined vote share of the Congress, SP and BSP in 116 of the 325 assembly constituencies won by the BJP and its partners. "Nitin Agarwal cast his vote without showing it to the election agent and we have demanded the cancellation of his vote", SP MLC Sunil Singh Sajan said.

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