BSP, SP to contest 38 LS seats each in UP; Cong not part of alliance

NEW DELHI: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each, leaving the Congress out of the alliance.

The BSP supremo, taking the lead at the joint press conference of the two parties, gave the break-up of the seat sharing.

“We have left two Lok Sabha seats for other parties. Amethi and Rae Bareli have been left for Congress,” announced Mayawati. Uttar Pradesh has total 80 Lok Sabha seats.

On Congress not being part of SP-BSP alliance Mayawati said that BSP and SP’s past experiences with Congress have been a basis for leaving it out of the 2019 alliance.

“Including Congress in the alliance will hurt SP-BSP prospects as Congress’s votes do not get transferred,” she said.

Training her guns at the ruling BJP as well as Congress, Mayawati said that the policies of both these parties have been mostly the same.

“For example, how both the parties indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared emergency, today there is undeclared emergency, “said the BSP supremo.

Mayawati said that the alliance will rob Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of their sleep.

The SP-BSP alliance comes exactly 25 years after the two parties joined hands to stop the BJP juggernaut at the height of the Ayodhya movement in 1993.

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