No pact with Congress in any state, says Mayawati

Income Tax dept

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday cleared all the speculations on the party's tie-up with Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls stating that the party will have no truck with Congress.

"The SP-BSP alliance is ideal enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh", she said.

Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that JD (S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah as the seat is in his home turf, the sources said. The party announced names of 16 candidates from Uttar Pradesh and five from Maharashtra.

The JD (S) had earlier demanded that it be given 12 seats to contest, banking on two-third, one-third formula adopted in ministry formation and allocation of posts of heads of state-run boards and corporations. Phule, a sitting BJP MP, had recently joined the Congress after quitting the saffron party. She said though "several other parties are interested in an alliance with BSP", she would not like to do anything that would hurt BSP's movement for some small electoral gains.

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"She doesn't have even a single seat in Parliament".

The pair - Rahul as Congress leader and his sister Priyanka, who is spearheading campaign efforts in a must-win state - rallied side-by-side for the first time since the national election was announced at the weekend. "How can she decide if the Congress has to come on board or not?" "Wait for 15 to 20 days and see how things unfold", he said. This view also we respect. This is the second list of Congress nominees for Uttar Pradesh.

The BSP chief's statement comes on a day the Income Tax Department searched a dozen properties in Delhi and Lucknow linked to retired IAS office Net Ram, who served in top positions during Mayawati's tenure as UP chief minister, in connection with an alleged tax evasion case.

Last week, Congress party had released its first list of 15 candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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