Yogiji could not save his own seat: Akhilesh Yadav on BJP's defeat

Senior Congress leader Raj Babbar along with Pramod Tewari PL Punia Sanjay Sinh will stay put in Lucknow

Kolkata: Welcoming BSP leader Mayawati's statement that the BSP-SP pact in Uttar Pradesh won't be affected by the Rajya Sabha poll results in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she is with her and this is a mission for India.

Mayawati alleged that ever since BSP-backed Samajwadi Party defeated BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls, the BJP and its leadership was using all tactics and pressure to separate the two parties.

Ms. Mayawati's display of commitment towards her tie-up with the SP assumes significance as it comes after the combined strategy of the SP, the BSP and the Congress failed to see her candidate through in the Rajya Sabha polls.

Ms Mayawati offered a word of advice to Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav who she said had "committed a tiny lapse" due to his "political inexperience" in not giving preference to the BSP candidate during the voting and trusting the Independent MLA from Kunda, Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya. "It can take from others but can't give", Yogi told media persons after the BJP won nine out of the 10 seats.

Mayawati dismissed the BJP allegation that she had "forgotten" how Samajwadi goons had attacked her in the Lucknow state guesthouse in June 1995, saying Akhilesh wasn't in politics then and couldn't be blamed. Nishad Party legislator Vijay Mishra, BSP's Anil Singh and and SP's Nitin Agarwal have openly broken ranks with their parties and voted for the BJP.

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The decision of the SP and BSP to explore the possibility of an electoral alliance seems to be driven by the threat that the BJP poses to their respective electoral bases.

"This loss (Rajya Sabha election) can not be equated with the BJP's defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls". Addressing mediapersons in Lucknow on Saturday, Mayawati said that her party would now focus on strengthening the organisation and made it clear that the party would not contest any bypoll in the country even now. And she said the Rajya Sabha election results will not affect on their tie-up. "We have given a written complaint to the EC that our MLA Anil Singh did not show his vote to the election agent of the party before casting it and we are awaiting a reply from the EC in this regard", Deputy leader of the BSP in the state Assembly Uma Shankar Singh said. While the SP won the two Lok Sabha by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the BSP lost out in a cliffhanger on Friday.

Senior Congress leaders such as Raj Babbar, Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh had been camping in Lucknow to ensure all seven Congress MLAs vote for the BSP.

The Samajwadi Party also lodged a similar complaint with regard to MLA Nitin Agarwal, who had switched sides after his father quit the party and joined the BJP recently. While Raja Bhaiyya, an upper caste Thakur, is claiming he cast his vote for SP, calculations are not supporting this.

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