New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday rejected the reports of parties already finalising an alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Uttar Pradesh and termed them fake. Furthermore, it said that an announcement on the same will be made once things are finalised.
“Reports that seat sharing is finalised in UP are fake. Whenever it will be finalised we will come out through media,” Senior BSP leader SC Mishra said while speaking to ANI.
Earlier in the day, sources told Zee News that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BSP agreed on an equal share in seats for the next year’s general elections, adding that the Congress would not be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’. Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) would also be a part of the alliance, sources said while claiming that an announcement on the same is likely on Mayawati’s birthday on January 15.
Meanwhile, the development is seen as a major blow to the grand ‘mahagathbandhan’ plans of the Congress. A few days back, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar had said his party was “optimistic” of a grand alliance in the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He told PTI the people wanted the Opposition to contest the general elections in Uttar Pradesh together.
“In the current scenario, irrespective of the party and pressures they might be having from their voters, we have to unitedly contest the Lok Sabha polls,” he said. “In the Lok Sabha elections in UP, I’m optimistic of a grand alliance…Lok Sabha elections are at the national level and there are only two forces. I’m not saying that there are only two parties but there are only two ideologies. One is of Gandhiji on which the Congress runs and other is of the RSS which is in search of credibility,” he said.
The reports come a few days after the BSP offered its support to the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the latter was falling short of one and two seats for majority. Announcing the support, Mayawati had admitted that her party was extending its support “with a heavy heart”. Lately, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has also spoken out against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s candidature as the Mahagathbandhan’s PM candidate.
Furthermore, the two leaders did not attend the swearing-in ceremonies of Congress Chief Ministers and also skipped a Mahagathbandhan meeting in Delhi recently.