SP and BSP have finally announced officially that they are going to contest the elections together. Both parties’ president held a press conference in Lucknow to made the announcement.
According to a report by the news agency ANI, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati announced their coalition. “We have decided to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections together, this will lead to a new political revolution in the country. For the national interest and for the betterment of the nation, we are again coming together,” said Bahujan Samajwadi Party president Mayawati Devi. She also confirmed that they are going to exclude Congress from the coalition.
Hoping for a good, Mayawati made a goodwill speech and said, “We represent the poor, farmers, youth, unemployed, women, Dalit, backwards, Muslims and other minorities. Be it the BJP or the Congress, whoever rules, their policies are mostly the same,” she said. “For example, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared the emergency, today there is an undeclared emergency.”
Although one can ask the BSP leader that the guy who is sitting beside her is the same who joined hands with the same party which imposed emergency. But then, it is politics. And above it, it is INDIAN politics.
The party leaders said that they will share 50-50 and will contest on the same number of seats i.e. 38-38 (No pun intended). Two seats are however left for Congress. One Amethi for Rahul Gandhi and Another Rae Bareli for Sonia Gandhi.
Yadav attacked BJP on its communal stance. He said, “To defeat the arrogance of the BJP, it was necessary for the BSP and the SP to come together. The BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic.”
Reaction of other parties:
Mamta Bannerjee supported the alliance directly. She welcomed the coalition by tweeting:
I welcome the alliance of the SP and the BSP for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections
Congress, on the edge, doesn’t seem to be most happy about the alliance. State Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Yesterday that it is a very dangerous mistake to ignore Congress. “I don’t think anybody should underestimate the strength, extent and reach and vote share, presence and support of the Congress in a state like Uttar Pradesh. We may have fallen on difficult times. But I think to ignore us can prove to be a very dangerous mistake,” added Singhvi.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is part-time minister and part-time party spokesperson, said that the alliance is not made for the Good for India. “They know they cannot fight Modi on their own and their opposition to him is the sole base of their alliance. Elections are not about mathematics but chemistry,” added the minister.