Mayawati
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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday said that her party would contest the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand alone.

She also dismissed reports of a tie-up with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) as "completely false, misleading and baseless."

In a series of tweets in Hindi, she said, "A news channel is broadcasting news since yesterday that in the upcoming UP Assembly elections, BSP will contest along with (Asaduddin) Owaisi's party AIMIM. This news is completely wrong, misleading and devoid of any fact. There is not even an iota of truth in this. The BSP vociferously denies this."

"The party wants to clarify that barring Punjab, the BSP will be contesting the Assembly elections to be held in UP and Uttarakhand alone, and will not be entering into any alliance with anyone," she said in another tweet.

The BSP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have allied to contest the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections. The BSP, which stormed to power in 2007 by winning 206 seats, was left with just 80 seats in 2012.

In 2014, BSP did not win a single Lok Sabha seat, and in the 2017 Uttar Assembly elections, it bagged only 19 seats.

On Tuesday, Mayawati had said that it is important to bring politics to an end vis-a-vis the vaccination process in order to ensure that people across the country gain from it.

There have been enough politics, controversy and allegations regarding the manufacture of vaccines and people have borne the brunt of it, she said in a tweet. "But now it's important to put an end to controversy and make an all-round effort into providing its benefit to all," she added.

In a related tweet, she said that vaccination was necessary with proper support and encouragement to scientists and other experts. She demanded from the central and all the state governments to strengthen the basic health services.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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