- SP-BSP announced their alliance for Lok Sabha elections
- Congress, which has been pitching for grand alliance, was left out
- The news of our alliance with SP will give sleepless nights to PM Modi, says BSP supremo Mayawati
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, in a joint press conference in Lucknow, have announced an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, but without the Congress party.
Both the parties will be contesting on 38 seats each, and have left only two seats for other regional parties. However, it was noted that there will not be any candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli - the parliamentary constituencies represented by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.
Speaking at a press conference in Lucknow, Mayawati said, "The news of our alliance with Samajwadi Party will give sleepless nights to PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. We will not include Congress in our alliance, because under their rule people faced issues like corruption and unemployment."
"In the past we were betrayed when we formed an alliance with Congress. BJP is also trying to spread hatred across the society. Congress declared emergency in 1975 but under the BJP's rule there is an undeclared emergency," she said.
"We have formed an alliance to ensure that the BJP doesn't come to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The government used CBI to tarnish Akhilesh's reputation in the illegal mining case, and our party stands with him. We are contesting on equal seats and will also share details of the seat sharing. Shivpal Yadav is working as the proxy of BJP but his plans are not going to succeed," added Mayawati.
Mayawati also spoke about the "guest house incident" when she was manhandled by the Samajwadi Party workers and later the alliance between both the parties converted into a bitter rivalry that lasted for more than two decades.
"What happened at a guest house in Lucknow in 1995 was very serious but we would like to forget the incident for the development of the country. After Mayawati's statement, Akhilesh mentioned, "I thank the BSP supremo for honouring the alliance and opting for 38 seats each. Our alliance is against the BJP's politics of casteism and hatred. We will work together for the development of the people from every section of the society."
On questioning about the next prime minister, he said, "This state has given maximum prime ministers and we believe that it should happen again in the next elections."
However, sources said that Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh is upset with the SP-BSP leaving only two seats for his party in the alliance. During a meeting with Akhilesh, the RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary had demanded five seats to contest. Leaders from the top parties have called a "series of internal meetings" to decide the future course of actions.
Meanwhile, after facing a snubbing for not being a part of alliance in Uttar Pradesh, top Congress leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar and Sanjay Singh will hold a meeting with party workers to decide their "election strategy" in the state.
There are 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh out which BJP won 71 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha polls because of the Modi-wave. Responding to SP-BSP alliance, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, "This is a confluence of casteist, corrupt and opportunistic mindset that cannot think about development and good governance. People are aware about the intentions of leaders behind this tie up. It is an 'unholy alliance' which will never succeed."