2019 Lok Sabha polls: SP, BSP to contest 38 seats each in U.P.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today announced an alliance for the Lok elections 2019. Addressing a press conference in Lucknow along with Akhilesh, Mayawati said the SP-BSP alliance will give sleepless nights to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

They said that both parties will contest 38 seats each out of the state’s 80 parliamentary constituencies. The parties kept the Congress out of the alliance, but said they will not field candidates in Amethi and Raebareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Mayawati said two seats have been left for other parties, without further elaborating.

Incidentally, the announcement was made from the same venue, same stage as in 2017 when then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav announced a tie-up for the assembly polls. The BJP swept the polls winning 312 of the 403 seats.

This will be exactly after 25 years that both the parties will be coming together to contest the elections against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kanshi Ram had joined hands to contest the elections and registered a massive victory.

Expressing its severe concern for leaving them in this alliance, the Congress described this likelihood as a “very dangerous mistake” and said it was ready to fight the parliamentary polls alone in the state.  “Nobody should underestimate the Congress with its reach, presence and support base in Uttar Pradesh. Congress is an established party in the state,” said senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

State health minister Sidharth Nath Singh said the alliance would make no difference to the BJP . “The BJP is rather thinking why the alliance did not happen soon after 2017 assembly elections. Those who are weak are coming together for their own survival,” said Singh.

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