- Feb 16, 2009
news related to the lok sabha elections 2009 here.
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mayawati-decides-bsp-will-fight-polls-alone/87722-37.htmlNew Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party will not form an alliance with any other political party for the general elections, said BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday.
"This time the Bahujan Samaj Party will fight the elections on its own. It will not align with any other political party," Mayawati told reporters at a function in New Delhi on the birth anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
"The BSP has decided to contest elections to the fifteenth Lok Sabha all alone in all the states and it will have no electoral alliance with any party before the polls," said Mayawati.
The party, which joined the newly formed Third Alliance last week, left its options post-elections though. "However, we will think of a post-poll tie-up after the election results are out in an effort to defeat the UPA and NDA's designs to come to power."
The BSP leader refused to answer whether she wanted the Third Front to portray her as its Prime Ministerial candidate and said a decision would be taken after the elections.
Mayawati said the dinner she is hosting for Third Front leaders on Sunday would not discuss the alliance’s prime ministerial candidate but the strategy to keep United Progressive Alliance and the National Democratic Alliance out of power.
"The dinner meeting is an informal meeting of parties opposed to the Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA. The meeting is not going to discuss the issue of prime ministership or the Third Front's poll strategy," she said.
"We will definitely discuss the strategy of not allowing the UPA or NDA to come to power after the Lok Sabha elections and defeating the two alliances in the polls," she said.
Mayawati released BSP's ‘Appeal’, a document outlining the party’s policies. "The BSP believes in deeds and not words. That is why our party, unlike other political parties, does not release a manifesto containing alluring promises," she said.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja welcomed Mayawati’s statement and said he “appreciated her political position”.
CPI leader A B Bardhan said the Front would decide its PM candidate after polls. "I reiterate that the question of PM will be resolved after the polls when we are in a position to form the government," he said.
Janata Dal-United leader H D Deve Gowda, the prime mover behind the Third Front, "thanked" Mayawati for her decision. "I have no doubt in my mind that Mayawati is with the Third Front. I am thankful to Mayawati for declaring that the PM candidate would be decided after the elections," said Gowda.
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/third-front-constituents-wary-of-mayas-ambitions/87773-37.htmlNew Delhi: The Third Front was formed with the aim of keep the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from forming the next government.
It is at present it is a loosely-knit grouping of regional parties each pulling in its own direction and the big bone of contention is who will be their Prime Ministerial candidate.
In the seeming group of equals, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) wants to go it alone. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is projecting the BSP as the third big national party and herself as a candidate for prime ministership.
"The agenda of the Third Front does not include who will be its prime ministerial candidate," said Mayawati.
As Mayawati ruled out any pre-poll alliance, there were some in the formation who felt that the leadership question should be settled after the elections
"That is not the only one yardstick. The issue is how best we can try to go to solve the burning problems of this nation," said former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.
But as the Janata Dal (Secular), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS), the BSP and the Left parties met on Sunday evening at Mayawati's residence, it was clear who was calling the shots.
However, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J Jayalalithaa did not attend the meeting. She did not even send any other leader from her party for the meeting.
Sources have told CNN-IBN that Jayalalithaa was miffed over the casual manner in which a last-minute invitation was sent to her on Saturday night.
Congress and BJP have in the past aligned with the BSP and lost their core vote bank. The southern parties and allies of the Third Front fear that with Mayawati as the prime ministerial candidate the Dalit votes that they haven been getting in the past could very shift to the fledging BSP in the South.
What the Left was planning to be a coordinated, well-oiled mechanism to fight both the Congress and the BJP is thus turning out to be loosely knit grouping of regional parties each pulling in its own direction.
"There is no structured formation but like I said that these are parties with common interest and there will be coordination during the campaign. There will be seat sharing among the parties though not all," said BJD leader Jay Panda.
"In a democracy only the elected MPs elect their leader," said Communist Party of India-Marxist Politburo member Sitaram Yechury.
The constituents of the Third Front are eager to keep their options open and most of them are waiting till the elections are over before they get into any formal tie-up.
For all Narendra Modi's achievements, his administrative prowess and exceptional management skill, I would rather not have a man guilty of complicity in the most heinous riots of our times as our Prime Minister. There is nothing more important than the secular cohesiveness and integrity of this country...NOTHING, and until Modi relinquishes the vicious communal ideologies and violent fundamentalism that he has made his own, he is anything BUT a viable alternative. 'Tis enough that we have enemies without, without making enemies of ourselves within.narendra modi sure would make a great PM....but there is so much anarchy in BJP right now that even a bjp supporter like me dosent have any choice but to vote for cong
Vajyapayee-Advani have the blood of 1992 riots on their hands. Nehru-Gandhi family is guilty of countless crimes. The only issue during Godhra was, intense media reporting, which brought the horrors of riots into our living rooms.For all Narendra Modi's achievements, his administrative prowess and exceptional management skill, I would rather not have a man guilty of complicity in the most heinous riots of our times as our Prime Minister. There is nothing more important than the secular cohesiveness and integrity of this country...NOTHING, and until Modi relinquishes the vicious communal ideologies and violent fundamentalism that he has made his own, he is anything BUT a viable alternative. 'Tis enough that we have enemies without, without making enemies of ourselves within.
True, which is why the BJP with Advani at its helm is also not a viable choice.Vajyapayee-Advani have the blood of 1992 riots on their hands. Nehru-Gandhi family is guilty of countless crimes. The only issue during Godhra was, intense media reporting, which brought the horrors of riots into our living rooms.
Though, luckily for Modi, Indian Public memory is notoriously short and our desire for developmment and efficient adminstration overwhelming.
Nobody seemed to mind, Vajyapayee.True, which is why the BJP with Advani at its helm is also not a viable choice.
Leadership = Gandhi Family.Which leaves only the Congress, of which none of its current or potential future leadership have been guilty of gross conspiracy in exacerbating the communal divide for political or ideological ends.
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