BJP will take final call on SP-Congress alliance in UP: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati insinuated that the BJP would be the one calling the shots on a potential alliance between the Congress and Samajwadi party in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP will take final call on SP-Congress alliance in UP: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati insinuated that the BJP would be the one calling the shots on a potential alliance between the Congress and Samajwadi party in Uttar Pradesh.   

"The SP and Congress have been attempting to forge an alliance but that will materialise only when the BJP gives the green signal for it. And the BJP will give the green signal only when it is sure that such an alliance will actually benefit them," Mayawati told media.


According to a report published in India Today, the Congress and SP were involved in back room negotiations and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar had several rounds of meeting with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav replying to a question on the possible alliance with Congress in the upcoming UP assembly polls, had said that an alliance between Congress and SP can win 300 plus seats of the total 403 seats in UP.

Mayawati lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation saying the hasty decision has now turned into the proverbial "albatross around the neck" for Modi.

"To divert the public attention from the promises made in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi without any preparation and in haste implemented demonetisation which has now become a gale ki haddi' (albatross around the neck)," said Mayawati.

The BSP chief said that over 90 per cent of the poor, farmers, labourers, other working classes and the middle class are yet to overcome the strong effects of the demonetisation despite the 50 days' time sought by Modi nearing an end.

Dismissing the government's claims that demonetisation was aimed to flush out black money hoarders and the corrupt, Mayawati alleged that the decision was one of pure self-interest.