Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together, BSP supremo Mayawati announced on Saturday, calling their alliance ‘ a new political revolution’.
The alliance has a motive for keeping public interest in mind,” she said while addressing a joint press conference with SP president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The opponents -turned-friends have decided on a seat-sharing formula for the general elections which are expected to be announced soon. main part is that BSP and SP will fight over 38 seats each, while two Lok Sabha seats have been left for other parties.
The main objective of this alliance, Mayawati said, would be to defeat the BJP rule. But she also confirmed that the BSP and the SP would not ally with the Congress party in upcoming elections.
SP and BSP have both had faced different experiences with the Congress from past alliances.
“We have even left Amethi and Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seats for Congress without an alliance with them so that the BJP does not even succeed,” she said.
And SP and BSP have been in talks for weeks to forge an alliance. A recent meeting in between Yadav and Mayawati had triggered a lot of speculation about seat-sharing being firmed up.
There was, however, doubts over whether the Congress would be a part of the alliance, amid indications that the SP and BSP were not inclined to include the party.