Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati once again targeted the Congress party for inducting her party's Guna Lok Sabha candidate and said the grand old party will have to pay a "heavy price" for it.
"The Congress will have to pay a heavy price for this when time comes. Due to similar acts, we brought down the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government," she said.
Earlier last week, Lokendra Singh, BSP’s candidate from Guna, had joined the Congress in presence of Jyotiraditya Scindia. Scindia is Congress’ sitting parliamentarian from the Guna Lok Sabha seat and has been winning the seat since 2002, when he contested by-polls after the death of his father Madhavrao Scindia.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister is not happy with the development and has accused Congress government in Madhya Pradesh of misusing official machinery to pressurise Singh to withdraw in favour of Scindia.
Addressing a rally Morena, the BSP chief dubbed both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress as "casteist and capitalist" and said the BSP would never enter into an alliance with either of them. Polling in Morena is scheduled on May 12.
"You (BSP workers) should be ready that we will never contest elections in alliance with the BJP and Congress, both of which are casteist, capitalist parties," she said.
She also urged her party workers to bring together people from the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, Muslim and other minority communities along with the poor from the general category to form a government in Madhya Pradesh.
Mayawati told the gathering that this formula had led to her party forming a majority government several years ago in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that "any misunderstanding will be sorted out".
"All the parties, including Mayawati's BSP, has the same goal as us, that is the exit of the BJP. Our goal and ideology is the same. To keep the BJP out, we have to stick together. There is no divide. If there is any misunderstanding, we will resolve it together," he said.