Two rival political parties – Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the general elections 2019, sharing 38 seats each in the state while leaving out Congress from the SP-BSP maha gathbandhan (grand alliance).
During a joint press conference held on Saturday, SP President Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati made a historic announcement of alliance for Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming election. The two rival parties turned partners-in-polls to take a jibe against the ruling BJP in the national election due by May this year. As per the announcement, both parties have agreed for a 50:50 alliance with each taking 38 seats in UP, which is an 80-seat parliamentary constituency and is the heart for central governance.
The alliance is seen as politically historic as it ends the 25 years old feud between BSP and SP after the acrimonious fall out after of shaky coalition government in UP in 1995. While the two parties are going back down the 90s road to take a jibe against the incumbent government, two smaller constituents -the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Nishad Party are also included in the alliance, who are likely to get a single seat share. And that is how two vowed enemies had sworn alliance – be it because of political compulsion, or to get as many seats as possible.
Both the parties have left out Congress from the grand alliance in UP citing that there “is not much benefit to us from allying with the Congress” as they cannot transfer votes to the allies. Mayawati said that the only concession for Congress would be the two seats left out by SP-BSP alliance – Amethi, which is Rahul Gandhi’s constituency and Rae Bareli, which is Sonia Gandhi’s constituency. But that is about it for the Grand Old Party, other than that, BSP and SP have closed doors for alliance with Congress in Uttar Pradesh, or anywhere in the country for the LS 2019 elections. Regardless of whether or not SP-BSP wins, the alliance will proves that “there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics”.