LUCKNOW: The alliance between Uttar Pradesh rivals-turned-partners Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav may be all but over after their disappointing national election performance. Mayawati dropped that hint in a meeting today of her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), in which she said the party would contest 11 assembly by-polls alone and would not depend on alliances, according to sources.
This means Mayawati, a three-time chief minister, is also changing her policy of not contesting bypolls.
Mayawati, according to sources, said: "The alliance is bekar (useless). Yadav votes were not transferred to us but our votes did go to them. Samajwadi Party won only where Muslims voted heavily for them. Even (Akhilesh Yadav's) own family didn't win the Yadav votes."