SP-BSP announce alliance before Loksabha election 2019

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Harsh Shukla

Will 2019 see the repeat of 1993? Back then at the pick of Ram Mandir Movement, SP & BSP alliance ousted Kaylan Singh’s BJP in Uttar Pradesh in 1993.

The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and President of Samajwadi Party (SP) Akhilesh Yadav announced an alliance between SP &BSP.  Both addressed a joint press conference on Saturday at the Taj Hotel in Lucknow.

Both parties will fight on 38 seats each out of 80 Loksabha seats. They have decided to not fight elections on traditional Gandhi family bastion Amethi and Raibareli while the other two seats will be given to other alliance partners. Both the leaders told that SP & BSP will carry on the alliance for assembly election in 2022.

On the question of why Congress not being part of an alliance, Mayawati answered, “We have kept Congress out of alliance because both parties realized that we would not gain much by joining hands with Congress.”

Mayawati took pot shots at both the national parties Congress and BJP, she said there is no difference of policies among both national parties.

Akhilesh Yadav said while replying on the question regarding the possible leader of the alliance, “Everyone knows whom I will support. I have said this earlier and I repeat that Uttar Pradesh always gave Prime Ministers to this country. We will be happy if one more leader becomes Prime Minister from Uttar Pradesh.”

“I have decided to make an alliance with BSP when BJP promoted the leaders to cabinet ranks who made the undignified comments on BSP leader Mayawati,” He added that.

The regional opposition parties like Rashtriya Janta Dal and Mamata Banerjee led All India Trinamool Congress congratulated both the leader Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav on coming together for an electoral alliance.

Both parties came together after 25 years after exactly to stop BJP. In 1993, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Former SP President, and Kanshiram, Founder BSP forged an alliance in 1993 to stop BJP juggernaut at the height of Ayodhya movement.

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