SP & BSP strike 38:38 deal for Lok Sabha polls

LUCKNOW: Describing the SP-BSP alliance as the political revolution of 2019, hammered out after 24 years of bitter rivalry, the two regional satraps, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, claimed the historic pact will ring the death knell of Modi raj after the general elections.
Taking 38 seats each of UP’s 80 parliamentary constituencies, the two leaders dumped Congress with a concession for the twin Gandhi pocket boroughs of Amethi and Rae Bareli, where no gathbandhan candidate will contest, to allow Rahul and Sonia Gandhi a free run. Two other seats are up for grabs for other allies, but both leaders skirted any mention of RLD’s Ajit Singh in the gathbandhan, keeping the Jat leader guessing. BSP supremo Mayawati was clear in her line of thought for the grand old party.

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“BSP will not ally with Congress anywhere in India during the 2019 polls,” she said. Another key takeaway was the reaffirmation by both leaders that the alliance will continue beyond the LS polls. “We will jointly fight in the assembly polls too,” she said.

Akhilesh ran the extra mile, saying, “If party workers disrespect Mayawati or the BSP cadre, it will be an insult to me.” Though not in a formal alliance at the time, SP-BSP tasted early success March last year when they came together informally to rout BJP in the bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

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