Days after all six legislators of the BSP joined the ruling Congress in Rajasthan, two MLAs of the party in Madhya Pradesh have asserted that they will remain loyal to their party chief Mayawati and not switch sides.
The two BSP MLAs—Sanjeev Singh Kushwaha and Rambai Singh—are supporting the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, where the ruling party has a wafer-thin majority in the 230-member Assembly.
On Monday, the BSP had a major setback when all of its six MLAs in Rajasthan wrote to Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi to merge the legislative party with the Congress.
However, the BSP MLAs in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday assured they were not going to quit the party.
Kushwaha and Singh told PTI that they are with their party leader Mayawati and will remain with her in future too.
"All is well here (in Madhya Pradesh). There is no problem," Kushwaha said. Asked whether he may also change loyalty like the BSP MLAs in Rajasthan, Kushwaha said if he wants to join the Congress, he will do it with pomp and show. "There is nothing like that now. Nor I am going to join (the Congress) in future," he asserted.
On whether any directive has come to them from the party chief after the Rajasthan episode, Kushwaha said, "Mayawatiji hasn't told us anything. I am with the party."
Asked whether he and Singh had sought Cabinet berths in the past in Madhya Pradesh, Kushwaha replied in the negative.
"I am with Mayawatiji and will remain with her. We are powerful in Madhya Pradesh because of Mayawatiji. I won the election on the BSP ticket and will remain loyal to it," Singh said.
Following the state polls last year, the Congress, which has 114 MLAs in the 230-member Assembly, is two short of the simple majority mark of 116. It has the support of two MLAs of the BSP, one of the Samajwadi Party and four independents.
The BJP won 109 seats and one of its MLAs later resigned after getting elected to the Lok Sabha. In July, two BJP MLAs backed the Congress government during voting on a bill in the Assembly.