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

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.





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