New Delhi: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday exuded confidence that the SP-BSP ‘gathbandhan’ (alliance) will get majority in Uttar Pradesh. “The gathbandhan will get a majority, everyone believes it,” ANI quoted the SP leader as saying.
On February 21, the BSP and the SP announced the seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh for Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Of the total 80, Mayawati-led BSP is contesting the polls on 38 seats, its ally – Akhilesh Yadav-led SP – is fighting on 37 seats. The parties had left three seats for smaller allies which later went to RLD. (ALSO READ – ‘Party Being Destroyed by Our Own People’: Mulayam Slams Akhilesh Yadav, Questions SP-BSP Alliance)
Akhilesh Yadav-led SP is contesting Kairana, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Badaun, Bareilly, Lucknow, Etawah, Kanpur, Kannauj, Jhansi, Banda, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Phulpur, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi and Mirzapur, among others.
Meanwhile, BSP supremo Mayawati kept Saharanpur, Bijnor, Nagina, Aligarh, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Dhaurahara, Sitapur, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Kaiserganj, Basti, Salempur, Jaunpur, Bhadohi and Deoria, among others in her party’s kitty.
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on Yadav to inquire about his health. Mulayam Singh had been admitted to the SGPGI, Lucknow for about two hours after he complained of weakness. An official release said that the veteran leader had fluctuating sugar levels.
If reports are to be believed, Rajnath Singh went to Mulayam Singh’s private residence at Shaheed Path and stayed there for about 30 minutes. The two leaders, both former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers, are known to share a warm rapport. Rajnath Singh, who is contesting again from the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency, faces the party’s Poonam Sinha, the wife of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, in the contest.