UP POLLS: Mayawati, Akhilesh seal alliance for LS polls in Uttar Pradesh; Ajit Singh to get four constituencies

NEWS / SP /BSP

NEW DELHI: In a move that will have a major impact on the Lok Sabha Polls 2019, BSP leader Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav have finalised a seat-sharing formula between the two parties on Saturday and ruled out any truck with the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh.

A formal announcement of the seats each party will fight for will be made later. Initial hints are that the BSP will field candidates in 36 constituencies, the SP for 34 seats, and an ally the Rashtriya Lok Dal of Ajit Singh will be given four constituencies. Four constituencies will be set apart for a decision later. In all, UP has 80 Lok Sabha seats.

Reports said the alliance will not field candidates in Amethi and Raebareli, constituencies of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

In the last parliamentary polls in UP, the BJP benefited from the Modi wave and won 73 of the 80 seats. The last assembly polls in UP later saw the Congress and the SP fighting the polls together, but the BJP got more seats and managed to form government under Yogi Adityanath.

Mayawati is among regional party leaders who nurse ambitions of becoming prime minister. After the LS polls, she as also the SP could be either with the Congress or the BJP depending on emerging situations. Not being part of the UPA at this juncture would give them better scope for manipulations and bargaining. 

Put together, the SP that has eminent backward communities support and the BSP that has Dalit support may prove to be an electorally strong alliance. BJP is sure to loss many of its seats from the state in the coming polls, also as the Modi Magic is a thing of the past. –IHN-NN

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