BSP To Contest MP By-Polls, Puts Spanner In Congress Plans

LUCKNOW || On a day that started with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati raining barbs on the Congress, Friday ended up with more political tensions between the two parties, known for their bittersweet relationship.

The BSP after targeting the Congress government in Rajasthan for seeking Rs 36.36 lakh for transportation of coaching students stuck in Kota, has now announced that it would contest all the 24 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, for which by-polls will be held in near future.

The back-to-back attacks by the BSP have stunned the Congress, which already is reeling under the loss of the Kamalnath government in MP, where the BSP was supporting its wafer-thin-majority state government.

By-polls have been necessitated in MP since 22 MLA’s of Congress have defected to the BJP and two seats are vacant due to the death of its occupants.

Shivraj Singh Chauhan is heading the BJP government and it has 107 legislators and the ruling party has to win at least 9 seats. Congress strategists were till now thinking that it is in a straight contest with the BJP in all seats, but the BSP’s announcements could put a spanner in its scheme of things.

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