What is obviously holding back the Opposition from coming out with a powerful and comprehensive alliance is the many differences among the parties at the grassroots level.
Mayawati's attack came after The Hindu claimed the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France involved "major and unprecedented" concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA).
Mayawati said the BJP could sense its defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
"This to inform you BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) national president, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and ex-MP Mayawatiji has for the first time decided to join Twitter for speedy interaction with media and masses, besides expressing her views on various issues of national and political importance through Twitter," the release posted on Mayawati's Twitter handle @SushriMayawati said.
BSP president Mayawati called the Budget presented on Friday by the BJP-led government 'jumlebazi', or empty rhetoric, that did not address the ground realties.
The decision to project Mayawati as the next PM was accepted in principle in a meeting of the PDA here on Tuesday, said Sukhpal Singh Khaira of the Punjabi Ekta Party.
The demand comes after a self-proclaimed US-based Indian cyber expert Monday made a sensational claim that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were "rigged" through the EVMs, which, he said, can be hacked.
The BJP lawmaker made the controversial remarks at a rally while referring to the infamous incident when Mayawati was assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers in a Lucknow guest house in 1995.
Addressing a press conference here, she said the rise in the BSP's popularity after its alliance with the Samajwadi Party has created unrest among some parties and leaders.
Sources in the BSP said the two leaders discussed political strategy ahead of Lok Sabha elections due this summer.
"Forget past differences and ensure victory of all joint candidates of the SP and the BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift," Mayawati said at a press conference here on the occasion of her 63rd birthday.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader arrived in the state capital Sunday night and met the Bahujan Samaj Party chief, during which the two leaders exchanged greetings, RJD sources said on Monday.
Massive preparations are underway to celebrate the occasion in the state capital, with big hoardings and blue (party colour) banners being erected near the streets and around the party headquarters and her house here.
The alliance could be a formidable challenge for the BJP which is on the back foot. Going alone is likely to benefit the Congress.
An analysis of constituency-wise data from the 2014 general election shows that the BJP may lose as many as 37 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh should the SP+BSP+RLD combine in 2019, leaving only 36 seat with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
This was announced Friday by SP national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj Party national general secretary SC Misra.
Sources claimed that the SP and BSP will contest 37 Lok Sabha seats each.
In the interview broadcast by various television channels on January 1, Modi had talked about a host of issues including surgical strike, construction of Ram temple and personal attacks on him by the Congress.
In the light of Mayawati’s ‘warning’ over support, Congress President Rahul Gandhi should reconsider joining the grand alliance
Mayawati also said the governments formed by the Congress in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan should not work like the BJP, which did not fulfil its promises made to the farmers and the unemployed.
Yadav said he appreciates Rao's efforts to build an alliance, but he will not be able to meet him in Delhi.
The last such gathering of opposition leaders was at HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in May
In the wake of the Supreme Court order on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, the BSP chief said that it would definitely give some respite to the central government, which is facing heat on the matter.
Referring to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath's recent claim that lord Hanuman was a "Dalit", she said the top leadership of the BJP has "stooped to such a level for votes that they are not even sparing the deities".
Condoling the death of those who died in the violence, the Dalit leader said there was a need to establish a rule of law to prevent mob attacks.