The two leaders issued a joint statement outlining the need for an alliance. They criticised the “imbalanced development” in Chhattisgarh in the last 15 years of BJP rule. The Congress too was not spared.
“Due to their dependence on Delhi for decision-making and the helplessness and inaction of the State leaders of the BJP and the INC, the interests of Chhattisgarh and its people have always been compromised,” it read.
Ms. Mayawati announced that she would hold joint rallies with Mr. Jogi.
While claiming that the two parties were strong enough to defeat the BJP, Ms. Mayawati said she would consider the support of smaller regional outfits that wanted to join the alliance. Mr. Jogi said that after ruling for 15 years, the BJP was trying to return to power through misuse of power, money and government machinery. “Mayawatii ji and we will together surely stop them,” he said.
Mr. Jogi was the first Chief Minister after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh. He was then with the Congress. BJP’s Raman Singh has been in power since 2003.
“This historic alliance between the two parties with a common ideology will provide a strong regional alternative to the poor, Dalits, tribals, OBC, Muslims, farmers, youths, women and small traders of Chhattisgarh,” Ms. Mayawati and Mr. Jogi said.
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