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'Prefer sitting in opposition than alliance with Congress or BJP': Mayawati rules out post-poll tie up in Chhattisgarh

In a snub to the Congress, the BSP had announced its decision to contest the state election in alliance with the JCC, declaring Jogi as the chief ministerial face of the coalition.  

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Published on: November 17, 2018 7:54 IST
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Exuding confidence that her alliance with Ajit Jogi's party will get an absolute majority in Chhattisgarh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Friday she will prefer sitting in the opposition to supporting the Congress or BJP in an adverse situation.

Ruling out any possibility of tying up with the BJP or the Congress to form the government in Chhattisgarh, she told a TV channel: "I have full confidence that we will get absolute majority and so there are no chances to think about any sort of support to or from anyone."

Describing the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress as "saap nath" and "naag nath" (snakes), the 62-year-old leader said there was no question of having any truck with either of the two. 

"Even if we do not get majority, we will prefer sitting in the opposition to forming an alliance with the Congress or the BJP as both the parties are anti-poor, anti-farmer, anti-Dalit and anti-weaker sections," she said.

In a snub to the Congress, the BSP had announced its decision to contest the state election in alliance with the JCC, declaring Jogi as the chief ministerial face of the coalition.

She said the question of alliance does not arise as the second phase of the polling is yet to take place.

Jogi on Thursday had said he will not rule out anything, even a tie-up with the ruling BJP, despite his intense rivalry with Chief Minister Raman Singh.

The JCC is contesting 55 seats, while the BSP is in the fray in the rest. In the outgoing House, the BSP has only one seat.

While 18 assembly constituencies in the state went to polls in the first phase on Monday, voting will take place in the remaining 72 seats next Tuesday.

The results will be on December 11. 

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