Announcing the gathbandhan in Lucknow, BSP chief Mayawati said the country needs the SP-BSP alliance today to fight against a communal party like the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The two rival parties — Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) — on Saturday announced an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. The two parties have decided 50-50 seat-sharing deal in Uttar Pradesh. Out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, SP and BSP will contest on 38 seats each and have left two seats for the smaller parties. The parties, however, will not contest in Amethi and Raebareli represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively. The gathbandhan also kept Congress out of the alliance.
Announcing the gathbandhan in Lucknow, BSP chief Mayawati said the country needs the SP-BSP alliance today to fight against a communal party like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Yeh guru-chela ki neend udane wali press conference hai. (This news will give sleepless nights to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah),” Mayawati said adding the BJP must be wiped out of Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati also made it clear that the Congress will not be the part of this alliance. “We have decided not to include the Congress in this alliance because they have ruled the country for the longest time and people have only suffered. BSP was formed to fight the misrule of the Congress. SP-BSP will not benefit if Congress comes with us,” she said.
On his part, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav thanked Mayawati for honouring the alliance and opting for 38 seats each and said the gathbandhan is a joint fight against the casteist BJP. “The BJP has made Uttar Pradesh ‘Caste’ Pradesh. BJP has divided even Gods by caste. Narendra Modi government’s divide and rule policy will fail in 2019 polls,” said Akhilesh Yadav.
Interestingly, the two leaders also spoke about the infamous 1995 incident that earlier broke the SP-BSP alliance in 1995. “Lucknow guest house kaand se desh hit ko upar rakhte hue humne saath aane ka faisla kiya hai. (We have decided to forget the 1995 guest house incident for the benefit of the country), said Mayawati. Later, Akhilesh Yadav also thanked Mayawati for forgetting the incident and coming together with the SP.
Back in 1995, a mob of Samajwadi Party workers had barged into a guesthouse in Lucknow on June 2, 1995, where Mayawati was holding a meeting. According to various news reports, Mayawati’s room was vandalised and the SP workers hurled casteist slurs at her. This incident mainly led to the break of the SP-BSP alliance that was formed in the 1993 UP assembly elections.
Source: India Today