Twenty-four years after the infamous guesthouse episode, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati have decided to bury the hatchet and begin their seat-sharing preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections against the ruling BJP. Making a formal announcement in this regard during a joint press meet in Lucknow today, Mayawati took a jibe at the central government, saying, “This press conference will give sleepless nights to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.”
The holding of the joint press conference was announced on Friday by SP national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj Party national general secretary SC Misra. However, leaving aside two Lok Sabha seats — Amethi and Rae Bareli — for the Congress, there are as many as 13 Lok Sabha seats where the two parties may have to negotiate hard, given their performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections against the BJP. Earlier this week, Mayawati had used the words “SP-BSP alliance” for the first time in a statement through which she expressed support for Akhilesh Yadav whose alleged role in a mining scam has now come under the CBI scanner.
Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati makes a formal announcement on SP-BSP alliance today. Follow Highlights Here.
The seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls was discussed in a meeting of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati in a meeting held in Delhi early this month. Last year, the BSP had lent its support to the SP in the Uttar Pradesh elections to three Lok Sabha seats and won them all, in a move that the SP had called the beginning of “a larger Bahujan secular alliance”.