SP, BSP announce tie-up; to contest 38 seats each in UP Lok Sabha polls


Team Udayavani, Jan 12, 2019, 8:11 AM IST

Lucknow: Once-arch rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced Saturday their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the alliance.

The parties, however, said they would not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. They also left two seats, out of 80, for smaller allies.

Making the announcement at a joint press conference with SP president Akhilesh Yadav here, BSP chief Mayawati said, “This…will rob ‘guru-chela’ – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah — of their sleep. I have full confidence that just as our alliance defeated the BJP in the Lok Sabha bypolls, we will crush the saffron party in the general elections,” she said, referring to the BJP’s defeat in Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana parliamentary bypolls.

Explaining why the Congress was not included in the alliance, she said that during the Congress rule over the years, poverty, unemployment and corruption grew and there had been scams in various defence deals.

She also said that in case of a tie-up with the Congress in the past, the party did not benefit.

Drawing a parallel between the BJP and the Congress, Mayawati said the Congress had imposed the Emergency while the BJP is responsible for an undeclared Emergency.

The joint press conference was held at a posh hotel here after top leadership of both the parties had met in New Delhi recently to discuss broad parameters of the alliance to take on the BJP unitedly in the Lok Sabha elections.

In 2014, the BJP had won 71 seats in Uttar Pradesh while its ally Apna Dal bagged two. The Samajwadi Party won 5 seats and the Congress two, while the BSP drew a blank. 

Reacting to the development, senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The SP and BSP have allied neither for the country nor for Uttar Pradesh, but for their survival. They know they cannot fight Modi on their own and their opposition to him is the sole base of their alliance.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Delhi schools, colleges to reopen from November 1 in hybrid mode

M’luru: Absence of permanent ‘firing range’ causes worries!

HC issues summons to Ramdev in suit by doctors over misinformation against allopathy

Waqar Younis apologises for ‘Namaz in front of Hindus’ comment

Learning Kannada can’t be forced: Karnataka High Court

‘Fire shots’: B’luru pub ordered to pay Rs 74,000 compensation to woman for burn injuries

Udupi: Man found guilty of sexually assaulting a child, sentenced to 10-year jail term

Related Articles More

Delhi schools, colleges to reopen from November 1 in hybrid mode

HC issues summons to Ramdev in suit by doctors over misinformation against allopathy

Airtel CEO warns users about cyber-fraud cases becoming ‘alarmingly frequent’

Crorepati’s wife steals Rs 47 lakh from her husband, flees with an autorickshaw driver

Ayodhya included in Delhi govt free pilgrimage scheme: Kejriwal

MUST WATCH

Byadagi Chilli Cultivation

The real Rajinikanth a journey from Bus conductor to Superstar

There are many problems in this school. Not just one or two.

News Bulletin 26-10-2021

CYCLER WHO IS CYCLING 3500 KM FOR JUSTICE


Latest Additions

Delhi schools, colleges to reopen from November 1 in hybrid mode

M’luru: Absence of permanent ‘firing range’ causes worries!

HC issues summons to Ramdev in suit by doctors over misinformation against allopathy

Waqar Younis apologises for ‘Namaz in front of Hindus’ comment

Assault on workers: Eight police teams hunt for film producer’s family

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.