|Honb’le Km. Mayawati
Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh
Supremo, Bahujan Samaj Party
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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 29 (IANS) Neither the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nor the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would have a clear majority in the next Lok Sabha elections, noted psephologist Yogendra Yadav predicted Monday.
‘No single pre-electoral alliance will have a clear cut majority and the worst losers will be the Left parties. While the Congress party will be able to hold on, its allies will be badly hit. Likewise, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will lose badly in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa,’ Yadav said at a seminar organised by the Kerala University’s political science department here.
‘It is only one way the tally of the Left will go and it will go down. From a historic high in the May 2004 polls, it would reach a historic low in the next polls. In Kerala, the performance of the Left will be poor,’ he said.
As far as the performance of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is concerned, the psephologist said it may not get the around 50-60 seats they are expecting to win.
‘But they will play an important role and a government can be formed only with the outside support of two big parties,’ Yadav said.
Yadav has been in Kerala for the past few days and is doing an in-depth study on the prospects of various political parties.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Wednesday agreed to send some of her MPs to join the protest called by Left parties in parliament Thursday, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets US President George W. Bush. Left sources told IANS that it needed a lot of persuasion by Communist Party of […] … read more »
|BSP to join Left protest in parliament, says Yechury|
|Wednesday, September 24, 2008 20:48 [IST]|
New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Wednesday agreed to send some of her MPs to join the protest called by Left parties in parliament Thursday, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets US President George W. Bush.
Left sources told IANS that it needed a lot of persuasion by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders for Mayawati to change her mind. She had earlier turned down an invite from the Left to join the protest.
“A joint protest of MPs of Left parties, BSP, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Janata Dal-Secular and others will be held in parliament Thursday from 12 noon,” CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said in a statement.
Earlier, Mayawati refused to sign a joint statement issued Sep 19 by the Left parties, TDP and JD-S to observe a protest day Thursday. “The dharna to protest against the non-convening of parliament when the country is faced with serious developments such as the serial terrorist blasts, relentless price rise as well as the attacks against Christian minorities,”
Yechury said in the statement. “On the same day, Manmohan Singh will be meeting Bush in Washington to seal the nuclear deal, violating his assurance to come back to parliament before finalising the deal,” Yechury added.