The SP-BSP combine that clinched a deal to contest together in upcoming Lok Sabha oplls in Uttar Pradesh, turns stronger after the the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has also joined hands with the alliance. RLD, which is claiming to contest in six seats has finally agreed to contest in three seats, after its leader Jayant Choudary had talks with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, yesterday.
The Jat-dominated outfit, RLD has been seeking its resurrection since it lost all the seats it contested in 2014 and was trounced by BJP in its stronghold of west UP which has a sizeable population of Jats, Dalits and Muslims.
On January 12, once arch-rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party announced their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the alliance.
Now, these three parties are lieky to emerge as a powerful combination in the electorally crucial state to face the domination of BJP, which had won 73 of 80 seats in 2014, along with an allay.