The newly recruited alliance partner Nishad Party, has deserted SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh for Lok Sabha poll, within two days of their coming together. The Samajwadi Party (SP) has today officially confirmed the end of its alliance with an eastern UP party whose giant killing act on the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat in the 2018 bypolls cemented Akhilesh Yadav’s alliance or “gathbandhan” with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati had launched a test version of their alliance on the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats by taking on the BJP jointly in bypolls to the seats of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Maurya.In a result they shocked many, the SP-BSP joint candidates had won both seats.
The victory was astonishing in Gorakhpur, where the SP Praveen Nishad of the Nishad Party, which has support from the OBC Nishad community, on a SP symbol. Nishad managed to defeat the BJP on a seat Yogi Adityanath held continuously for over two decades.
However, the Nishad party now seems set to switch over to the BJP, in what could be a blow to the Akhilesh Yadav-Mayawati-Ajit Singh coalition in Uttar Pradesh. After Akhilesh Yadav refused to give Gorakhpur seat for sitting MP Praveen Nishad, Nishad Party has announced that they are coming out from alliance with SP-BSP, which was confirmed only two days ago.
Akhilesh Yadav, meanwhile, has announced a new candidate for the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat – a Nishad community leader from his party. But within 48 hours, the Nishad Party chief met with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and told the media his party was not with the gathbandhan anymore.
“Akhilesh Yadav had said he’ll make announcement on seats for our party. But they didn’t put our name on poster/letter or anything. My party workers, authorities, core committee were upset,” Nishad said, adding that his party was now free to either contest independently or go with another formation. According to sources, there was conflict between the two parties on Maharajganj seat as Nishad Party wanted to contest with its own party symbol whereas SP was not ready for it.