New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that the BJP’s leadership but its workers have also lost hopes because of the SP-BSP alliance.
In a tweet, Yadav also took a dig at PM Modi’s mantra of ‘Mera Mooth Sabse Mazboot’ (my polling booth, the strongest), claiming that the BJP workers are now saying ‘Mera Booth, Hua Chaknachoor’ (my polling booth is now splintered).
He added that disappointed with the alliance of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh, BJP’s leaders and workers are now restless to join his party.
Yadav’s attack on the BJP came a day after he and Mayawati 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.
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 the 80 in the state for smaller allies, without naming them. But there have been talks with Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.
Reacting to the alliance announcement, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ravi Shankar Prasad said the two parties had came together just for their own survival.
In his address at the BJP national convention a little after the UP development, Modi didn’t refer directly to the SP-BSP deal but dismissed opposition efforts at coalition-building as a “failed experiment” to bring in a “helpless government”.