Mayawati explains why Congress is not included in the grand alliance:
"After Independence, Congress has ruled for most of the period and in all states. Under their rule, poor remained poor and their policies did nothing for the marginalised sectoins," she said.
"Be it BJP or Congress, whoever rules, their policies are mostly the same. For example, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption in defence deals. Like the Congress had to lose power due to Bofors, the BJP will lose because of Rafale," she said.
Mayawati also invoked Emergency and said that right now we are living under undeclared emergency.
"Moreover, parties like BSP or SP cannot benefit with an alliance with the Congress as their votes don't get transferred to us and it goes to 'casteist' parties like the BJP. It could also be a conspiracy of these two parties.
"It results in fall of our vote share and loss of seats. That's why we have not included the Congress in the alliance. It won't be included in any future alliances," Mayawati said.