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Akhilesh failed to get even Yadav votes: Mayawati splits with SP, will contest bypolls alone

fter the brutal rout in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati announced that the BSP-SP mahagathbandhan will not be contesting the upcoming by-elections as an alliance.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, “Looking at how the situation in the state is right now, it will be better for us to contest the upcoming by-elections on our own.”

Mayawati said, “In the results of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, the base vote of Samajwadi Party, the Yadav community, didn’t support the party. Even strong contenders of SP were defeated. Even Dimple Yadav couldn’t win the Kannauj seat.”

However, Mayawati added that ties between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party will never come to an end and she will always share a warm relation with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

Mayawati added, “Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav have given me a lot of respect. I also forgot all our differences in the interest of the nation and gave them respect. Our relation isn’t only for politics, it will continue forever.”

She then added that despite their good relations, she will not be able to ignore the Lok Sabha election results in Uttar Pradesh.

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Chandrababu Naidu meets Rahul to discuss post-election scenario

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu is meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence in Delhi on Saturday to discuss possible alliance in post-election scenario.

Naidu would fly to Lucknow later on Saturday to meet Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati.

On Friday, he met CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.

He said that he would welcome any party, including Telangana Rashtra Samithi, to be part of an alliance against the BJP after election results are announced.

Naidu to meet Rahul, Mayawati, Akhilesh today

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is expected to meet Uttar Pradesh’s former Chief Ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Saturday evening.

TDP sources said that Naidu, who arrived in Delhi on Friday, will also meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi here before Saturday noon.

Naidu will leave from Delhi to Lucknow around 2.45 p.m. and is expected to meet Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav after attending a programme in Lucknow around 3.45 p.m., the party source told IANS.

Naidu will return to Andhra Pradesh from a special aircraft around 7 p.m., the source said.

The TDP chief met the Election Commission on Friday and accused it of being pro-government and demanded action against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for “insulting” Mahatma Gandhi.

BJP will get full majority, Modi will become PM again: Rajnath after voting

As polling began for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 51 constituencies spread across seven states, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and BSP chief Mayawati were among those who turned up early to cast their votes.

Lucknow BJP candidate Rajnath Singh expressed confidence about BJP getting a full majority and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a second term. Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh also cast his votes at a polling booth in Lucknow.

“I leave it to voters. The right to write the character role of a candidate lies with voters of the constituency. I am assured that BJP will get a full majority and Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister again,” said Rajnath Singh.

BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati also turned up early to exercise her franchise at a Lucknow polling booth.

“The value of the vote of everyone is the same either poor or rich. I request all to come out and exercise their right to vote. I request all voters to go to their respective polling booths and use their vote for the country and public welfare. Youth, elder and women all should come in large number for the vote,” said Mayawati.

Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha cast his vote at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. His son Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress’ Gopal Sahu and CPI’s Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.

“In 2014 I decided on my own that I will not contest because you are seeing what happened with others. Now my son is in the fray,” said Yashwant Sinha.
Yashwant Sinha and his wife Nilima Sinha arrived together and stood in line to cast their votes.

Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and his wife Gayatri Rathore cast their votes in Jaipur.

Sanjay Seth the BJP candidate from Ranchi after voting who cast his vote said: “Before coming here to cast my vote, I went to the temple of Goddess Kali, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shani Maharaj. I pray to God and asked for more strength to serve the people,” said Sanjay Seth.

Polling for the fifth phase began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, amid elaborate security arrangements.

Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, tweleve in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand are undergoing polling in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.


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Enemies for 2 decades, Mayawati, Mulayam on same stage in Mainpuri

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After being political rivals for over 24 years, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati would share a stage at a joint rally of the BSP-SP alliance in Mainpuri on Friday.

It will be the first time that Mulayam will share the stage with Mayawati since 1995 when the infamous guesthouse incident took place in Lucknow.

“Preparations are underway at Christian Field to send out a message that the alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh shares a strong bond,” news agency PTI quoted a Samajwadi Party worker.

Mayawati, Akhilesh, and Ajit Singh will reach Mainpuri by air on Friday afternoon.

The SP founder has already reached Etawah to attend the rally. After landing at the Saifai airstrip on Thursday evening, he said “it will be a historic day”.

When asked about the rally, Mulayam said: “Ask those who are organising it. I have to address it. It will be a historic day. Big leaders of several parties are coming.”

In 1995, Samajwadi Party workers allegedly attacked a guest house where Mayawati was campaigning with her supporters. The attack led to Mayawati’s decision to withdraw from the government and join hands with the BJP.

Mulayam Singh is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri had stayed away due to “health issues” from the three joint rallies held earlier in Agra, Badaun and Deoband.

The BJP has never won the Mainpuri seat. Mulayam first won the seat in 1996 and then again in 2004, 2009, and 2014 general elections. The SP also bagged the seat in the 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha polls and in the 2004 and 2014 bypolls.


Pawan Forms Strange Combination

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Jana Sena Party president and actor Pawan Kalyan is fighting the elections in Andhra Pradesh with strange political combinations.

At a time when he is holding negotiations with the Communist parties, he went all the way to Lucknow to forge an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Pawan met BSP president Mayawati and discussed the seat sharing. Both of them announced that they had finalised the seat sharing.

It is not yet clear as to how many seats Pawan would be sharing with Mayawati and the Left parties, but it is pretty evident that he is not able to find good number of candidates to fight the elections in Andhra Pradesh. The BSP has little presence in Andhra Pradesh.

Interestingly, even Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu has been trying to rope the BSP into the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party front.

Though Mayawati is not ready to work under the Congress leadership, one cannot rule out the BSP joining the Congress alliance in the post-poll scenario, in case the Congress gets majority seats among the coalition partners.

So, it would be interesting to see what Pawan Kalyan would do in the post-poll developments.

Already, there has been a suspicion that Pawan has a tacit understanding with the Telugu Desam Party.

At his public rally in Rajahmundry on March 14, Pawan focussed his attack on more YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao, than the TDP president.

Naturally, the TRS is suspecting that there is a discreet understanding between Pawan Kalyan and Naidu.

TRS MP from Nizamabad and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Raos’ daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha said the real issue would be whether Pawan Kalyan fights alone in Andhra Pradesh or joins hands with Chandrababu Naidu.

“He will have to give explanation on that,” she said.

She described the Jana Sena-BSP alliance as a political stunt.

“The alliance seems like it was formed at the last minute aimed at the elections. I haven’t seen Pawan Kalyan talk about any Dalit issues. I think it is a political stunt,” she said.