New Delhi: Days after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati announced their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh mocked the coalition asking,’Have they forgotten what happened in 2017 Assembly polls?’ Notably, the Home Minister was referring Samajwadi Party’s unsuccessful electoral tie-up with Congress in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

“They can form as many alliances as they want, but BJP will not win less than 72 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh,” the Union Minister expressed confidence, while speaking to reporters today.  (Also read: RLD Demands Five Seats to Join Alliance)

Earlier in the day,  SP MLA from Sirsaganj, Hariom Yadav had said that the SP-BSP alliance will not work in Firozabad. It won’t be successful here. Yeh gathbandhan tabhi tak chal sakta hai jab tak humare rashtriya adhyakshji behenji ki haan mein haan milate rahenge aur ghutne tekte rahenge (This alliance can work only as long as our national president (Akhilesh Yadav) keeps obeying Mayawati and cowers in front of her).”

On Saturday, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced the seat-sharing deal in the capital city of the Uttar Pradesh ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Addressing the press conference jointly with SP  Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati said, “The alliance has the capacity to stop the BJP from coming to power again.” BSP and SP will contest the election on 38 seats each.

In 2014, the BJP had won 71 seats in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of MPs to the Lok Sabha. BJP ally Apna Dal bagged two. The SP won five seats and the Congress two, while the BSP drew a blank.