Mayawati remains non-committal to Naidu’s Call for opposition unity

N Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister have been meeting leaders from different political parties across the country, for a united Opposition to take on the BJP and Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections.

But the Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati doesn’t seem to be excited about Naidu’s efforts. Naidu had met BSP supremo Mayawati on October 27 at her residence in Delhi.

According to the report published in the Economic Times, She had expressed her displeasure over the Congress’ attitude towards an alliance in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

She said “Naidu may have allied with the Congress but what stake does he have in UP. Who would listen to him in UP seat sharing? Behenji has been very clear that she won’t share the stage with any leader before a seat-sharing agreement is reached. These are political pleasantries and ultimately everything boils down to seat sharing.”

The AP CM Naidu is likely to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on November 20 in Kolkata to take forward the alliance talks. The BSP hasn’t decided whether to participate in this meeting or not. She has also invited Mayawati for her joint opposition rally in Kolkata on January 19.

She is not willing to make the Congress an alliance partner in UP according to the sources. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav is the only person she is talking with right now and she is interested in an SP-BSP alliance in the most populous state in the country.