New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), once arch-rivals, today officially joined hands for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and made a fervent appeal to keep the communal forces out of power.
Stitching the alliance, both parties decided to contest 38 seats in the politically expedient state which sends 80 MPs to the state. Two seats are left for other parties, which are part of the coalition.
No SP, BSP candidate in Cong bastions
However, the Congress has left out of the gathbandhan, however the Bua-Bhatija decided not to field candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli.
Addressing a joint press conference, Mayawati said this alliance is for the sake of country and interests of people. She attacked BJP and termed it as communal, anti poor and dalits. She said this tie up will pave a new moment and people have faith and hopes from alliance.
She said that Congress is not part of alliance as it is not benifial in seat winning contrarly it creates loss. She said that she is keeping away Lucknow’s Guest House incident away in interest of People and country. She said this alliance will continue for a long in future.
SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav said this alliance is not only political but it will end atrocities by BJP. He alleged Union and state governments are doing the politics of cast and religion. There is rule of anarchy, he added. Akhilesh appealed workers to maintain brotherhood and work with patience. He said the respect and disrespect of Mayawati is disrespect and disrespect.
Foe turn friends after 26 years
This is exactly after 26 years that both the arch rival parties have come together to contest the elections against the Bhartiya Janata Party. Earlier, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kanshi Ram had joined hands to contest the elections and registered a massive victory in 1993.
Political Pandits say this alliance may create tough journey for Bhartiya Janta Party in coming Lok Sabha election.