Putting an end to their decade’s old political rivalry in Uttar Pradesh politics, BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav today met in New Delhi and almost concluded their deal for alliance in the largest state, which will be crucial in Lok Sabha polls.
Almost keeping Congress away from political alliance, giving a shock to its chief Rahul Gandhi in his own state, both the parties are said to be agreed to contest each 37 seats in the state, out of total seats of 80, leaving remaining six seats for smaller parties. They are likely to give three seats to Ajit Singh’s led RLD.
After the meeting that lasted for over two hours, Akhilesh drove to the residence of SP Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav, where BSP leader Satish Mishra, also a Rajya Sabha member, joined them for further discussions. Though both the leaders are not opting include Congress in their alliance, they have reportedly decided not to field candidates against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and Rae Bareli.
Both the parties are likely to officially announce their alliance around January 15. Though both SP and BSP extended `unconditional’ support to Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, as it failed to get absolute majority, they seems to be determined to keep some distance from the grand-old party of the country. Akhilesh said to be unhappy with Congress, as his party’s lone MLA was not given ministerial berth in Madhya Pradesh.