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BSP to go it alone in Bihar elections

Saturday 27 August 2005

Party to put up candidates in all seats

BSP not against upper castes Support to UPA to rein in communal forces `BJP spreading canards’

PATNA: Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday ruled out alliance with any party in Bihar and asserted that her party would contest the coming Assembly polls in the State on its own.

Addressing a State-level party workers’ meeting here, Ms. Mayawati said the BSP would have no truck with any party. "We will put up our candidates in all 243 seats."

Stating that the BSP was not against the upper castes, she appealed to the upper castes to shed their "Manuwadi attitude" and join her party in its endeavour to make society free from castes and religions.

Referring to the letter written by her to RJD president Lalu Prasad extending her party’s support to a government led by Rabri Devi in Bihar just after the February election, she clarified that the BSP had extended support only to the UPA and not to the RJD.

This was to prevent the communal and fascist forces from coming to power, she said. Unfazed by her possible prosecution in the Taj corridor case, Ms. Mayawati said she would not buckle under pressure and would fight the legal and political battles with full vigour.

As Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, she had nothing to do with the Taj corridor project. Though hardly Rs. 18 crore was spent on it, the BJP spread the canard that Rs. 175 crore was withdrawn from the State exchequer. - PTI

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