BSP Chief Mayawati has announced that the BSP will contest the upcoming elections independently. She criticized expelled party member Imran Masood and cited his anti-poor and divisive policies as reasons for excluding the alliance with NDA and BJP.
Mayawati, the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), stated on Wednesday that most parties in the NDA and BJP alliance have policies that go against the interests of the poor. She alleged that these parties promote caste division and communalism.
In a series of tweets, Mayawati stated, “Most of the parties in the NDA and BJP alliance are anti-poor, casteist, communal, and pro-rich. BSP has always fought against their policies. Therefore, there is no question of contesting elections by allying with them…”
Continuing the thread in Hindi, she further explained that like in 2007, BSP will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and state assembly elections in four states based on unity among millions of neglected society members. She warned against any misconceptions propagated by the media.
Recently, Mayawati had criticized Imran Masood, a senior leader of BSP who was expelled. She questioned his shift from Congress to the current party, raising suspicions about his motives.
Prior to this, on Tuesday, Janeshwar Prasad, the president of BSP’s Saharanpur district unit, had issued a statement, highlighting warnings given to former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Masood about his involvement in party-opposing activities and indiscipline.
Despite these warnings, his behavior remained unchanged, eventually leading to his expulsion from the party.
According to PTI’s report, Imran Masood, a prominent Muslim figure from Saharanpur district, was absent from a meeting of BSP leaders and officials in Lucknow on August 23rd, under the leadership of party chief Mayawati. Notably, he had garnered attention by praising Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in recent days.
In March 2014, he was arrested for allegedly delivering hate speech, where he had threatened to “cut into pieces” Narendra Modi, who was the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate at the time. Masood was contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Saharanpur as a Congress candidate and had made this comment during his campaign.
Before the previous year’s state assembly elections, Imran Masood joined the Samajwadi Party and later aligned himself with the BSP.
BSP’s statement indicated that when he joined, it was clearly communicated that he would be given a Lok Sabha ticket from Saharanpur after evaluating his performance. He had contested on Congress’ ticket in both the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections and stood as a candidate from Saharanpur.