After sharing fruitless seats for five months, today Mayawati served a double role for the Congress– decides for a union with opposition Ajit Jogi in Chhattisgarh and named Madhya Pradesh’s 22-seats.
In the middle of negotiations with Congress over Madhya Pradesh’s seats, Mayawati unveiled a list of BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) candidates for approximately 10th of the states’ 230 seats.
Some of those seats are in Shivpuri and Morena, the powerful of Jyotiraditya Scindia, state’s Congress campaign panel’s Chief.
A Congress leader reports source that “we are not sure why BSP did this. We were not expecting the announcement. Talks with the BSP were still on. We will have to see what happens.”
Last week, Kamal Nath expressed tie-up confidence and told the source that “We should have a deal in the next ten days.”
After months of wrangling with Congress over “respect for her party” in an expected tie-up, Mayawati announces clearly and loudly that she would not be bullied into accepting insignificant or lesser share.
A senior Congress leader told the source that Mayawati stated making it “very very difficult” for the party in Madhya Pradesh, where it expected hoping to end the BJP’s 15-years rule. The leader continued that “most of the seats that have been announced are in Scindia’s stronghold so it seems to be a message to the top brass of the state.”
Congress representative said that they have not lost any hopes and “A tie-up with Mayawati may still happen. It’s just that she has introduced a new bargaining chip.”
Dalits consist 15% of Madhya Pradesh and highly faction-ridden and weakened Congress could use her help. Some believed that it was only the party that came return into state’s existence.
Mayawati, who is a powerhouse of Dalit, started negotiating with 50’s of the states’ 230 seats. Reports say that the talks were stuck at the point where Congress denied taking part with over 30.
Kamal Nath said that “they wanted 50 seats when we started talking, but are being more reasonable now, seeing what’s at stake and that we share a common goal of defeating the BJP.”
Soon after her statement today’s evening, Mr. Nath went into a cluster along with top Congress leaders.