Akhilesh Meets MLAs Ahead Of RS Polls In UP

Akhilesh Meets MLAs Ahead Of RS Polls In UP

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday said Bahujan Samaj Party Supremo Mayawati has been unable to accept the defeat in the Rajya Sabha polls.

In a photo-finish to the keenly watched Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP yesterday took a sweet revenge on the opposition by ensuring victory of all its nine candidates, days after it lost two crucial seats in the Lok Sabha bypolls in the state.

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. Mayawati has already said an upper-caste BJP used an Agrawal face to defeat its Dalit candidate.

This is also true at the constituency-level, when we compare the seat-wise BJP vote share with the combined vote share of BSP and SP. The brute arithmetic in favour of the alliance proved to be unassailable for the BJP even in Gorakhpur, a seat held by the party since 1991, vacated recently by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

While eight out of the nine BJP candidates were assured to get through, the ninth seat was still in contention, with a BSP candidate being one of the frontrunners.

BJP leaders said they are alive to the challenge and claimed CMs Yogi's recent announcement to explore a quota within quota for the Extremely Backward Castes and Most Backward Dalits will break SP-BSP's refrain. The BSP chief also blamed the BJP for trying to blackmail her. She said that some MLA's who were supposed to vote for BSP were threatened and intimidated by BJP in the name of CBI and ED.

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Mayawati's comments have been in line with a majority of senior opposition leaders as they gear up to take on the BJP in the upcoming 2019 elections.

To a question, Mayawati said her relations with the Congress were excellent.

Replying to a query, Mayawati did not rule out the possibility of Congress as part of the BSP-SP alliance in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Allahabad High Court has denied permission to BSP's Mukhtar Ansari, now lodged in Banda jail, to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections.

The contest was a tough one between Agarwal and the BSP's Bhimrao Ambedkar who got 33 first preference votes.

Senior Congress leaders such as Raj Babbar, Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh had been camping in Lucknow to ensure all seven Congress MLAs vote for the BSP.

Speaking on RS strategy "A plan had been made that we come together so that the BJP candidate couldn't win the election". "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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