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Arch-rivals SP and BSP forge alliance for LS polls in UP, to contest 38 seats each

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Lucknow: In a significant political development which is set to alter national politics, two erstwhile arch-rivals, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday sealed the seat-sharing deal for the LS polls in Utter Pradesh.

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Both the parties will be contesting 38 seats each, leaving two seats for the Congress and two for other allies, media reports said today.

Addressing a joint press conference in Lucknow along with Akhilesh, BSP supremo Mayawati vowed to give “sleepless nights” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

The SP and BSP were arch rivals in state and national politics till few days ago. The alliance, considered unlikely even in the recent past was prompted by the urge to counter the might of the BJP, which swept the last Assembly elections.

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Replying to a question on his party’s volatile relationship with the BSP, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “I have full faith in Mayawati ji.”

The two parties are going together since March last year, when they jointly defeated the BJP in its pocket boroughs of Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

“We experimented with it in three Lok Sabha by-elections and one state assembly bypoll. The BJP lost all the four seats and we won all,” Yadav said.

The BJP won 71 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Two other seats went to its ally Apna Dal. The SP won five, the Congress two, and the BSP none.

This will be exactly after 25 years that both the parties will be coming together to contest the elections against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kanshi Ram had joined hands to contest the elections and registered a massive victory.


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