With 38 seats, Mayawati’s BSP is senior partner in UP pact with Akhilesh Yadav
The Bahujan Samaj Party will contest 38 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh while the Samajwadi Party would field candidates in 37 constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary polls. A release signed by BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav listed the name of the constituencies that the two parties are going to contest in the Lok Sabha polls as part of their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.
The 37 seats in the SP quota include Kairana, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Badaun, Bareilly, Lucknow, Etawah, Kanpur, Kannauj, Jhansi, Banda, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Phulpur, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi, and Mirzapur.
The BSP will contest from Saharanpur, Bijnor, Nagina, Aligarh, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Dhaurahara, Sitapur, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Kaiserganj, Basti, Salempur, Jaunpur, Bhadohi and Deoria, among other constituencies.
The two parties announced a tie-up for the parliamentary elections last month. The BSP and the SP had then decided to put up candidates on equal number of seats. But the release signed by the two party chiefs named one less constituency for the Samajwadi Party.
The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which had been in talks to join the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, is expected to be given three seats.
At the time of announcing their election tie-up, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav had said that the alliance would not field any candidate at Amethi and Rae Bareli parliamentary constituencies, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi respectively.
Akhilesh Yadav had later reasoned that they hadn’t kept the Congress out in the cold because it was leaving two seats for them. Mayawati had earlier explained that one issue with getting the Congress on board was that the party had “no real vote transfer”. Congress leaders have indicated that the other reason, probably had something to do with the number of seats the party wanted.
The Congress responded by appointing Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia as the general secretaries in-charge of the state. Priyanka Gandhi was given the responsibility to strengthen party organization in UP East while Scindia would focus on the western part of the state.
Addressing the press conference along with Akhilesh in January, Mayawati had said the SP-BSP alliance “will give sleepless nights to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah”.
Akhilesh Yadav had termed the alliance with BSP as a political revolution and said it was necessary to bring down the soaring arrogance of the BJP.