The BSP-SP alliance hammer the final nail in the coffin of Congress in UP as they finalize on seat proportion. They will contest on 38-38 seats each out of 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Their only concession for the Congress is to spare the two seats — Amethi, which is Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s constituency, and Sonia Gandhi’s seat Raebareli. Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav announced they were leaving two seats for “other parties” but didn’t elaborate.
On this grand alliance, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that it would bring anarchy, corruption and political instability in the state.
“This is a coalition of casteist, corrupt and opportunistic mindset that doesn’t want development and good governance. Public knows everything and this unholy alliance will be given a perfect answer,” says Yogi Adityanath.
BSP-SP rivalry needs no mention. Nearly 25 years ago, the Samajwadi Party, then led by Akhilesh Yadav’s father Mulayam Singh, and the BSP had an acrimonious falling out after their shaky coalition government in Uttar Pradesh crashed. The two parties parted as sworn enemies in 1995 after Samajwadi workers roughed up Mayawati at a guest house in Lucknow for pulling out of their coalition government.
“For the sake of the nation, we decided to rise above the Lucknow guest house incident and again come together,” Mayawati stressed, a clarification aimed at PM Modi, who had at a recent rally in Agra scorned her for “forgetting” that episode while allying with the Samajwadi Party.
Akhilesh Yadav added emphatically: “I want to tell all my workers, any insult to Mayawatiji is a personal insult to me.”
The syrupy new found love among ‘bua-bhatija’ has only one motive – keeping BJP at bay. Since UP alone accounts for 80 seats, every party knows that it is the ‘king-maker’ state. Performing well in UP clears the road to form the majority. Both BSP and SP knows that tackling BJP individually would be quite dangerous. So, they are uniting their forces and giving BJP a run for their money. Let’s see if this ‘mahagathbandhan’ is ductile or brittle and how it would fare after the 2019 polls.