Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Monday affirmed that her party will contest the assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry on its own. She added that BSP has had a bitter experience of aligning with other parties in the past.
She also made it clear that in the UP assembly election next year, the party will contest solo.
"We are working internally on the elections. We do not reveal our strategy. The BSP will will contest on all the 403 assembly seats in UP, and will perform well. The performance of the party will be good in the panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh," she told reporters at an event to pay tributes to BSP founder Kanshi Ram on his 87th birth anniversary.
She attributed her reluctance in aligning with other parties to the bitter past experience, also claiming that as opposed to her party whose " leaders, workers and voters are highly disciplined' it is not so with the other parties. "In an alliance, our votes are transferred to the other party, but the votes of the other party are not transferred to us," she said.
"This has been a very bad and bitter experience. In future also, we will not forge any alliance with any party," she added.
(Based on PTI feed)