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“Can’t set own house in order”: BSP chief targets Rahul Gandhi for his poll comment

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Mayawati, a Dalit politician, on Saturday slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for implying that she had rejected the party’s overtures for an alliance. She claimed that Mr Gandhi “can’t get his own home in order but takes potshots at the BSP.”

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Mayawati insisted that what Mr Gandhi stated was “absolutely false,” and that the attention should now be on the setback in the UP elections rather than “these petty things”.

“The Congress must think 100 times before making such comments. They have been unable to win from the BJP but just keep taking these potshots. Congress has done nothing even in power and even out of power,” she added.

Mr Gandhi stated today that the Congress had offered Mayawati an alliance and even offered to make her the Chief Ministerial candidate, but that “she did not even talk to us.”

The former Congress president lashed out at Mayawati, alleging that she handed the ruling BJP a free ride in the state because of “the CBI, the ED, and Pegasus.”

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Mayawati said that even Rajiv Gandhi, the late father of Rahul Gandhi, sought to discredit her Bahujan Samaj Party.

“Now even Priyanka Gandhi is doing the same by saying that I am afraid of ED and other probe agencies. All of this is not true. They should know that we have fought and won all these issues in the Supreme Court,” she added.

In the just finished assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress went it alone. Following the terrible performance of the alliance with the Congress in the 2017 elections, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has formed a rainbow coalition with minor parties in its place.

Even though the BJP won the election, this increased the SP’s performance significantly, thereby driving the Congress out of the state.

The party had one of its worst showings, gaining only two seats out of 403 and receiving less than 2.5 percent of the vote. Ninety-seven percent of the Congress candidates’ security deposits had been forfeited.

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The performance of the BSP was just marginally better than that of the Congress.

With a vote share of roughly 13%, the BSP won only one seat. In the election, which turned out to be a bipolar struggle between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party, about 72% of its candidates lost their deposits.

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