Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced the seat-sharing deal in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Saturday during a joint presser in Lucknow. Addressing the media, BSP chief Mayawati said that the alliance will herald a new revolution. She termed the press conference ‘historic’ and claimed that the same will give sleepless nights to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Making the announcement, she said that the BSP and SP will contest the general elections 2019 on 38 seats each. Over alliance with the Congress, she asserted that both the parties won’t gain anything by including it in the alliance. “Both BSP and SP have experienced in the past that Congress’s vote is not transferable,” she said, while announcing that the SP and BSP will not contest Amethi and Rae Bareli seats, the bastion of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Referring to the BJP’s defeat in Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana parliamentary bypolls, Mayawati said, “I have full confidence that just as our alliance defeated the BJP in the Lok Sabha bypolls, we will crush the saffron party in the general elections.”
Drawing a parallel between the BJP and the Congress, she said the Congress had imposed the Emergency while the BJP is responsible for an undeclared Emergency.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav lambasted the BJP and said that the SP-BSP ‘alliance was necessary to defeat the arrogance of BJP’. He said, “BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic.”
Responding to whether he will support Mayawati for Prime Minister’s post, the SP chief said, “You know who is my choice. Uttar Pradesh has given Prime Ministers in the past and trend will be repeated again.”
The declaration of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati joining hands for upcoming general elections comes a few days after the Samajwadi Party chief had said that the details on seat-sharing will be announced in a week. Speaking on the possibility of the Congress joining the alliance, he had said, “The two leaders of the ‘gathbandhan’ have to decide whether Congress will be there or not.
A few days after Akhilesh Yadav’s announcement, BJP president Amit Shah mocked the ‘bua-bhatija‘ alliance of the parties. Speaking at party’s convention in the national capital on Friday, Shah stated, “They (Mayawati and Akhilesh)could not stand each other but have now joined hands due to the fear of the BJP.”
A couple of days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also attacked the two parties for coming together. Launching an indirect attack on BSP-SP, PM Modi, while speaking in Agra had said, “Rivals are coming together just to oppose us. Political rivals who did not even like to look at each other are now coming together just to oppose us.”