New Delhi: In order to counter ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has control over 80 per cent seats  in an Assembly of 403 members, several Muslim leaders from Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress are expressing support for a Bihar-like grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, claim report in leading daily The Indian Express. While talking to the daily, Haji Iqram Qureshi, SP MLA from Moradabad (Rural) said,”How the politics would be in 2019, depends on the new chief minister and his government. There would certainly be a different atmosphere if the grand alliance is formed. It would help in changing the current atmosphere where BJP is only seen as strong.”

Criticising Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for choosing Yogi Adityanath’s name as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party MLA Thakurdawara Navab Jan told The Indian Express,”BJP’s agenda for 2019 is Hindutva. There is a need for unity in opposition like in Bihar. A grand alliance would be the best way forward. If the SP and BSP come together, this would create an atmosphere where the opposition would be seen as a strong alternative.”

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Iqbal Mahmood predicted that if BJP does not change and acted in same manner time would itself unite the Opposition.Meanwhile, he was hopeful that the new CM Yogi Adityanath would act for everyone without any discrimination.

“If the Congress with seven MLAs says something and the BSP with 19 members say something else, it would only diminish the impact of the Opposition’s voice. All these parties should also come together for the coming elections to counter BJP,” Congress MLA from Saharanpur, Masood Akhtar told The Indian Express.

Sultan Beig, former BSP MLA said that the opposition still have over 59 per cent votes. “All of them should come together to defeat BJP and if they don’t do so, all of them will lose ground. However, the decision depends upon the top leaders,” Beig stated. The MLA also raised concern over the secular votes, which are getting divided.