Prime News, National (Lucknow), January 12:- Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will contest the Lok Sabha elections in an alliance on 38 seats each in Uttar Pradesh. For the remaining four out of the 80 seats in the state, the alliance has given two seats to other alliance partners. They have also not to contest on two seats of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi- Raebareli and Amethi. However, in a snub to the grand old party, the SP and the BSP have kept Congress out of the alliance.
Announcing the seat-sharing arrangement, BSP chief Mayawati said that they have come together to fight against the ‘toxic politics’ of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “For us, the country is bigger than any differences. Even the 1995 Guest House scandal cannot stop us from working for the benefit of the country,” Mayawati said.
“With Uttar Pradesh having 80 Lok Sabha seats, if BSP-SP alliance can win a majority in the state, we will be in a good position to stop the BJP from coming to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” Mayawati added.
Thanking Mayawati for giving an equal share of seats to both parties, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav exuded confidence that the alliance is not just for the upcoming elections but for the future as well. “To defeat the arrogance of BJP, it was necessary for BSP and SP to come together. The BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic,” he said.
On why BSP and SP are not tying up with the Congress, Mayawati said: “Be it BJP or Congress, whoever rules, their policies are mostly the same. For example, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared an emergency, today there is an undeclared emergency. Moreover, we won’t gain anything by including Congress in our alliance. Both BSP and SP have experienced in the past that Congress’s vote is not transferrable.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).