Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati announced their alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing the press conference BSP supremo Mayawati said the BJP is worried about the alliance and added that this alliance is important for the people of this country.
Citing 1993 alliance between the SP and BSP, Mayawati said she is willing to forget the 1995 Lucknow Guesthouse incident when she was attacked by SP goons and added that the country needs both the parties to tackle the BJP.
“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 the emergency, today there is an undeclared emergency,” Mayawati said.
She also said that the SP and the BSP won’t gain anything by including Congress in the alliance as both the parties have experienced in the past that Congress’s vote is not transferrable.
Giving the example of 2017 alliance between the SP and the BSP, Mayawati said the SP lost in 2017 state assembly elections due to their alliance with Congress.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that it was necessary for BSP and SP to come together to defeat the arrogance of BJP. “BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic,” he further added.
Uttar Pradesh has 80 seats and BSP and SP will contest on 38 seats each in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Two seats will be offered to other parties and similarly, Amethi and Rae Bareli seat will be left for the Congress.