Amidst the BJP’s national executive meet in the Ramlila Maidan, the politics in Uttar Pradesh has officially changed as SP-BSP have announced their alliance for 2019 polls.
Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati have today formally announced their tie-up for the polls while entering in to the mode of Lok Sabha elections, and have decided to contest upon 38 seats each while giving the rest 2 to their ally Rashtriya Lok Dal led by Ajit.
Congress party has been left out from the alliance between the SP-BSP and RLD, although Mayawati said that no one will contest from the Amethi and Rae Bareli seats, which will be contested by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi respectively.
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on #SPBSPalliance: Today there is a need of alliances in the entire country. BJP got only 31% vote in 2014 and claimed it was people's mandate, this happened due to split in votes. pic.twitter.com/T97kvcZCzp— ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2019
Mayawati told the media that “Amethi aur Rae Bareli ki Lok Sabha seats Congress ke saath gathbandhan kiye bina hi party ke liye chhod di hain, taaki BJP ke log Congress party ke adhyaksh ko yahin uljha kar na rakh saken.”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has said that alliance is the need of the hour and to stop the BJP from getting a second term, such alliances would be required.
Nath said, “Today there is a need of alliances in the entire country. BJP got only 31% vote in 2014 and claimed it was people's mandate, this happened due to split in votes.”
In the press brief, when Akhilesh Yadav was asked about whether he will support Mayawati as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 polls, Yadav responded saying, “You know who is my choice. Uttar Pradesh has given Prime Ministers in the past and trend will be repeated again.”
Varanasi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) & Samajwadi Party (SP) party workers celebrate after BSP Chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav announce to contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections together. pic.twitter.com/j27dEbd3m9— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 12, 2019