New Delhi: A day after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) agreed on an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Akhilesh Yadav announced that the details on seat-sharing with Mayawati will be declared in a week. He, however, kept the cards on the possibility of having any ties with the Congress closed. Also Read - Hathras Gang-rape: Victim's Death Triggers Protest; Politicos, Activists Demand Death Penalty For Accused
“You will come to know about it (alliance) in a week or so,” Yadav said when asked as to when an official announcement will be made. Earlier on Saturday, in-principle approval for the ‘gathbandhan’ in Uttar Pradesh was given by SP chief and BSP supremo for upcoming general elections. Also Read - Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP to Contest Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 With BSP and JPS
Speaking on the possibility of the Congress joining the alliance, he said, “The two leaders of the ‘gathbandhan’ have to decide whether Congress will be there or not.” Also Read - NEET Begins Amid Strict COVID Protocols | Nishank Wishes Luck to Students, Akhilesh Attacks Govt Over Medical Aspirants' Suicides
On Friday, media reports had claimed that both the parties have reportedly decided on an equal seat-sharing formula in the crucial state. The SP-BSP would field candidates from 37 seats each, leaving just six seats for the other players of the alliance, including the Congress.
Meanwhile, taking a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh said, “Now we have to tell the CBI as to how many seats we have distributed in the gathbandhan. I am happy that at least the BJP has shown its colours. Earlier, the Congress gave us the chance to meet the CBI, and this time it is the BJP, which has given us this opportunity.”
Notably, the SP chief is to face a probe by the CBI in an illegal mining case as per the agency FIR made public on Saturday.
The CBI had on Saturday carried out searches at 14 locations against 11 persons including IAS officer B Chandrakala, Samajwadi Party MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit (who unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly election on a BSP ticket) to probe alleged illegal mining of minor minerals in Hamirpur district during 2012-16.
Akhilesh Yadav, who was the chief minister of the state between 2012 and 2017, held the mining portfolio during 2012-13 apparently bringing his role under scanner, according to the FIR.