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BSP won’t support Modi in government formation: Mayawati


Lucknow, May 9 :

BSP chief Mayawati declared Friday that under no circumstances will her party support a possible BJP government after the Lok Sabha election.Chief Minister, Uttar PradeshAge: 51The feisty and single Kumari is the first untouchable, or Dalit, woman to become the head of an Indian state, and this is her fourth term in office. She was mentored by the crafty Kanshi Ram, who founded and headed the Bahujan Samaj Party in India's largest and most politically influential state, Uttar Pradesh, which is also among the poorest. Mayawati has modernized along the way. She now sports a short haircut, wears big diamond studs in her ears and nose, and attracted unwanted attention for her extravagant 47th birthday party in 2003, which featured 100,000 sweet cakes, 5,000 bouquets of flowers, and a 50kg birthday cake. She has also often been accused of grand corruption: Last year she tried to sell the land around the famous Taj Mahal to set up tourism and pocket the proceeds. New Delhi slapped corruption charges on her that she is still fighting. In June, she declared assets worth $13 million, 400% more than at the time of the 2004 elections.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference here, she referred to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s remarks that everybody including Mayawati were potential allies.

“Modi has in his latest televised interview said that in case he does not get a majority on his own, he is open to seeking the support of Jayalalithaa, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

She said that while she cannot speak on behalf of other parties, she was clear that she would not support Modi or the BJP in government formation.

Trashing the claims by the BJP of a “Modi wave”, she accused the BJP of attempting to finish off the Dalit movement.

Later, addressing an election meeting in Varanasi, she returned to the theme, asking Muslims not to believe in “rumours” of a possible tie up of the BSP and the BJP.

Mayawati had twice formed the government in Uttar Pradesh with the BJP’s support. But these were marred by suspicion and hostility.