Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of employing diversionary tactics to hide the government’s various failures. Addressing the media in Lucknow on Sunday, she said that the BJP is trying to use former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death to further its political ambitions.

“BJP governments in states and in the Centre are trying to hide their failures by diversionary tactics. They have not fulfilled their election promises. They are trying to use Atal ji’s death for political gains,” Mayawati said.

On the question of forming a ‘grand alliance’ with non-BJP parties, Mayawati made it clear that she will not compromise on seats.

“We will agree to alliance anywhere and in any election only when we get a respectable share of seats, otherwise BSP will contest alone,” she was quoted as saying by ANI.

On question on whether her party supports Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar, who was released from prison on 14 September, Mayawati said that she has “no relation with such people”.

“I am only related to the common man, Dalits, adivasis and people from backward castes,” she said. A day after his release Chandrashekhar reportedly said that Mayawati may have issues with him but he has none with her.

“We both have the same blood. It is not in my values to speak ill of my Bua (aunt). Our only aim is to defeat the BJP,” he told Indian Express.

Chandrashekhar was jailed in June 2017 under the National Security Act (NSA) in connection with the May 2017 Saharanpur riots between Thakurs and Scheduled Castes in which one person died and 16 were injured.

The BSP supremo had on 11 September cast a political dice by distancing herself from the Congress over the issue of rising oil prices.

Holding the party led by Rahul Gandhi equally responsible for the northward-bound petrol and diesel price and the plunging rupee, Mayawati said that the BJP government is following the “wrong economic policies” of the UPA government.

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By accusing both the BJP and the Congress for creating conditions which led to the Bharat Bandh on 10 September, the BSP chief sought to place the two parties on the same platform.

The BSP had stayed away from the Bharat Bandh sponsored by the Congress and 20 other opposition parties.