BJP rules out alliance with BSP in Uttar Pradesh

Continuing its flip-flop over the strategy in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP on Tuesday ruled out an alliance with BSP in the Assembly elections but made it clear it will fight only on the basis of prepoll alliances and avoid post-poll tie-ups.

Continuing its flip-flop over the strategy in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP on Tuesday ruled out an alliance with BSP in the Assembly elections but made it clear it will fight only on the basis of prepoll alliances and avoid post-poll tie-ups.

State unit president Kalraj Mishra told reporters that the party did not propose to have any alliance with BSP. However, an alliance with Rashtriya Lok Dal was on the cards. The final decision would be taken by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Union Home Minister L K Advani.

Party leaders had been talking in different voices on the issue of an alliance with BSP in the last few days with some leaders indicating they were not averse to such a tie-up. BSP leader Mayawati had rejected an alliance with BJP or Congress.
He said that Ram Mandir issue would not be made an election poll by the party. The Ram Mandir already existed in Ayodhya and the matter was needlessly being made controversial, he asserted.

He said if the court verdict on Ayodhya went against the BJP, efforts would be made to mobilise public opinion and reach an understanding with all parties concerned on the Aodhya dispute.

There was no clash between the party and the BJP government in UP over the imposition of ban on SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and attributed the recent spate of anti-Dalit crime in the state to "a planned conspiracy" but did could not suggest who was behind the murders.

Bureau Report

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