Mayawati dials Sonia Gandhi, plays kingmaker to keep BJP at bay in Karnataka

Mayawati dials Sonia Gandhi, plays kingm...

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Top party sources told TOI that Mayawati took the initiative to break ice between Sonia Gandhi and Devegowda
  • BSP had entered into a pre-poll alliance with JD(S) and contested 20 seats in Karnataka.
  • Mayawati, in fact, addressed four rallies jointly with JD(S) leaders during the campaign.x
LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati played the role of kingmaker as soon as Karnatakaassembly poll results and projections indicated a hung verdict. Top party sources told TOI that Mayawati took the initiative to break ice between UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and JD(S) chief HD Devegowda, goading them to come together and stake claim to form government before BJP.


BSP had entered into a pre-poll alliance with JD(S) and contested 20 seats in Karnataka. Mayawati, in fact, addressed four rallies jointly with JD(S) leaders during the campaign. Though BSP vote share dipped from 1.16% in 2013 Karnataka elections to 0.3%, it still managed to win one seat, its first in the state. BSP insiders said that Mayawati asked her close aide and party Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Siddharth, who is also Karnataka BSP in charge, to meet Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as soon as projections showed a hung assembly with no party in a position toformgovernment on its own. 


PostedOn: 16 May 2018 Total Views: 188




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