New Delhi, March 5: In what could trigger a huge backlash from Opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday termed the likely association between Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) for the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur as a friendship between ‘saanp‘ (snake) and ‘chuchundar’ (mole).Also Read - Mahant Narendra Giri Suicide: Main Accused Anand Giri Arrested | Important Details Here

Addressing a public rally in his hometown Gorakhpur, Adityanath sought to describe the BJP as a hurricane which will blow away parties like the SP, BSP. Also Read - Ramlila: With Covid Protocols in Focus, Noida Begins Preparations | Check Guidelines Here

Aaj phir dono (BSP & SP) ke gathhbandhan ki baatein sunne mein aa rahi hain. Aisa lagta hai jaise koi toofan aata hai toh saanp aur chuchundar ek saath milke khade ho jaate hain. Inki yeh sthiti aa chuki hai (There are reports of BSP, SP alliance. When a cyclone comes, ‘saanp‘ (snake) and ‘chuchundar‘ (mole) stand together to face it. These parties are facing similar situation)” Adityanath said. Also Read - Mayawati Says 'Poll Gimmick' as Charanjit Singh Channi Takes Oath as Punjab's First Dalit Sikh CM

Earlier, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had declared support to Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) for the crucial Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls in a bid to give a tough contest to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls on March 11 and the counting of votes for the same will be held on March 14. (Also ReadBSP-SP Plan to do a Bihar Against BJP in Uttar Pradesh; Will They Succeed?)

BSP Gorakhpur in-charge Ghanshyam Chandra Kharwar on Sunday (March 4) declared support to SP candidate Praveen Kumar Nishad in upcoming Gorakhpur by-election.

However, Mayawati had refuted reports about a ‘tie-up’ with the Samajwadi Party but added that the two parties, considered to be arch rivals in the state, could help each other in the upcoming Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections and also suggested a possible formula for it.

“In UP, whenever there will be an electoral alliance involving the BSP, SP or any other party, it will not be done in a clandestine manner; it will be made public,” she said.

The BSP chief said the BSP had not fielded any candidate from Phulpur and Gorakhpur, “but this does not mean that party workers will not cast their votes. They will in fact exercise their voting rights appropriately… As per my earlier directives, the BSP workers will vote for a candidate who will be in a position to defeat the BJP, and there is nothing wrong in it”.