New Delhi: This unholy alliance of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will be given a perfect answer, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, hours after Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati announced the seat-sharing deal in Lucknow ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“This is a coalition of casteist, corrupt and opportunistic mindset that doesn’t want development and good governance. Public knows everything,” CM Yogi said, on being asked about the SP-BSP ‘gathbandhan’. Furthermore, the CM said the SP-BSP alliance stands for corruption, anarchy and political instability.
Echoing similar views, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted, “The Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party alliance is for their survival. It is not in the interest of the country or Uttar Pradesh.” Prasad said that the parties know that they cannot fight Modi and so have formed the alliance.
Earlier in the day, BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi had claimed that both SP and BSP are contesting together just to save their political ground. “These parties have blamed each other of murder in the past. Anyway, it’s their choice. We are confident. Even if all parties come together, we will still win,” Trivedi added.
BJP president Amit Shah had also mocked the ‘bua-bhatija‘ alliance of the parties. “They (Mayawati and Akhilesh)could not stand each other but have now joined hands due to the fear of the BJP,” Shah had said, while speaking at party’s convention in the national capital yesterday.
Arch rivals for over 25 years, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) announced earlier in the day that they would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls together in Uttar Pradesh, sharing 38 seats each of the 80 in the state, while leaving Rae Bareli and Amethi for the Congress, which has been kept out of the alliance.
Speaking to reporters, BSP supremo Mayawati said, “The alliance has the capacity to stop the BJP from coming to power again.” On being asked about forging alliance with the Congress, she said 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,”Mayawati added. On his part, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav hinted at supporting Mayawati as a Prime Ministerial candidate.