Akhilesh Yadav says alliance with BSP will continue in 2019 LS polls

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that he intends to continue alliance with Mayawati’s BSP for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls after the recent bypoll successes wherein both the parties joined hands against the BJP.

“Our alliance with BSP will continue, in 2019 even if we have to give up a few seats we will do it. We have to ensure the BJP is defeated,” Akhilesh Yadav said at a public meeting on Sunday in Mainpuri.

Last month, BJP faced third setback in a row in Uttar Pradesh after an opposition-backed candidate bagged the Kairana parliamentary seat.

Earlier, The tag team of Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati’s BSP had snatched two BJP strongholds–Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya’s Phulpur.

The opposition has seen these victories under similar alliances as a workable template and plans to employ it against BJP in 2019.

However, it is clear that the SP-BSP relationship will be high-maintenance.

Right after the Gorakhpur-Phulpur victories, the Rajya Sabha elections signalled a bump in the newfound friendship as Mayawati, challenged by the BJP in the seat her party was contesting, failed to get her candidate into the upper house.

While insisting the alliance remained strong, she also implied that SP lawmakers should have supported her party man at the cost of their candidate.

When Mayawati said at her party’s leadership meet recently that she would go for partnerships only if the BSP’s share of seats was respectable, it stumped the SP somewhat.

The BJP seized on the comments.

“Bua (Mayawati) and Babua (Akhilesh Yadav) will finish off with fighting among themselves. This isn’t an alliance based on issues. An issue-less alliance never works. They will be finished before the election (2019) comes,” UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya of the BJP said on Sunday.