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BSP Puts Grand Alliance Plans on Hold, Says Will Contest on All Seats in Madhya Pradesh in 2019

Despite talks of alliance, the Congress and the BSP had failed to seal a coalition ahead of 2018 assembly polls in MP.

Vivek Trivedi | News18

Updated:December 24, 2018, 11:41 PM IST
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BSP Puts Grand Alliance Plans on Hold, Says Will Contest on All Seats in Madhya Pradesh in 2019
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Bhopal: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is preparing to contest on all 29 Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh in 2019, putting the plans of a grand opposition alliance in jeopardy.

The announcement was made by BSP vice-president Ramji Gautam, who is in Bhopal to assess the party’s performance in Assembly polls. When asked if this means an end to talks of a grand alliance, Gautam said he was just following orders of BSP supremo Mayawati.

Despite talks of alliance, the Congress and the BSP had failed to seal a coalition ahead of the 2018 assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.

However, the BSP extended support to Kamal Nath to form a government, saying its aim was to prevent the BJP from coming to power.

Against four seats won in 2013 assembly election, BSP in 2018 assembly polls could only win two seats — one in Bhind and another in Patharia. BSP’s vote share declined from 6.29% in 2013 to only 5.01% in 2018.

Following the poll results, the BSP chief had removed state head Pradip Ahirwar and state in charge Ramachal Rajbhar replacing them with DP Chaudhary and Ramji Gautam, respectively.
| Edited by: Sana Fazili
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