New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday 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.

Over alliance with the Congress, she had 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,” she said while further announcing that the SP and BSP will not contest Amethi and Rae Bareli seats.

Reacting on the alliance, BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi, said, “Both parties 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.”

However, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said, “Today there is a need of alliances in the entire country. BJP got only 31% vote in 2014 and claimed it was people’s mandate, this happened due to split in votes.”

 

Notably, BJP had suffered a major electoral loss in the last year assembly elections. Congress had managed to grab three states from the saffron party.

RJD’ leader Tejashwi Yadav said, “The defeat of BJP has already started from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.”

The coming together of the two parties, which were swept away by the Modi wave in the 2014 Lok Sabha and the subsequent Assembly polls in 2017, has been viewed by analysts as a possible game changer. In the last Lok Sabha polls, the BJP won 71 seats on its own while its ally Apna Dal picked up two. The BSP drew nil, while the SP won five and Congress two–all family pocket boroughs.

The two leaders said ever since BJP came to power communal and caste politics have emerged in a big way.

Mayawati compared the current situation in the country to that in 1977 and said while the Congress had imposed emergency then, now it is a state of “undeclared emergency”. The government is misusing state machinery and digging up old and settled issues, she added.

Mayawati said demonetisation and GST had dealt severe blows on the common man. The country was undergoing a severe agrarian crisis, The minorities and Dalits were being ignored and the people of the country were waiting to oust the BJP government. Akhilesh in his remarks echoed her sentiments.

She accused Congress and BJP of indulging in scams in defence purchases and referred to Bofors which had thrown the Congress out of power and now the Rafale would do the same to the BJP.