Mayawati Das, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party (SP,) on Friday, proposed a grand alliance in Delhi.
The party leaders met in Delhi and discussed the strategies and agenda for the Uttar Pradesh elections. The 2 hour long discussion included talks about seat sharing and an alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections (2019.)
During the meeting, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav formulated the seat sharing plan between both their parties for the Lok Sabha elections. However, the final decision regarding the sharing of seats will be made after the 15th of January. Both the leaders are expected to meet again during the next week.
Chaudhary Ajit Singh led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is likely to be a part of Akhilesh Yadav’s and Mayawati Das’s alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, with at least 3 seats to contest.
According to sources, the Congress party will not be a part of this alliance as both Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati Das are upset with it. The BSP, in the Madhya Pradesh (MP) Assembly elections, extended their support toward the Congress party to help them touch the majority mark of 116 seats against the BJP. However, the Congress party, after coming to power, did not fulfill their promise of including the SP members in the list of MP’s Cabinet Ministers.
Last week, after the announcement of the Cabinet Ministers in Madhya Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav said, “Thanks to the Congress, they did not make our vidhayak (legislator) a minister.” He further said, “By doing so, the Congress had cleared the path for Uttar Pradesh.”
The BSP and the SP will contest the Lok Sabha elections for 37 seats out of the 80 seats. Other seats will be left for the Congress party, the RLD and a few smaller parties. The final decision about the sharing of seats in UP is yet to be made.
Uttar Pradesh will conduct its elections for 80 Lok Sabha seats scheduled for 2019. The major parties contesting are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,) the BSP, the SP and the Congress party.