Alliance With SP Is On, Seat-Sharing Not Official Yet: Mayawati
An official announcement will be made soon after both the parties figure out a seat-sharing arrangement.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) massive defeat in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls, Mayawati has reiterated her willingness to form an alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party to gear up for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, NDTV reported.
However, an official announcement will be made soon after both the parties figure out a seat-sharing arrangement as and when the election dates inch closer, she told NDTV.
In addition, the BSP chief is likely to align with HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal Secular (JDS) in an attempt to weave a non-Congress, a non-BJP faction, the report added.
Hailing her as an ‘nucleus for the 2019 election, a senior JDS leader Kunwar Danish Ali told NDTV said that Mayawati is an all-India phenomenon who can unite the forces.
Gowda’s son HD Kumaraswamy said that the alliance will equip them well to take on the Centre in an election riddled with unexpected turns, the report added.
"Communal forces of the BJP and the RSS will not like it when secular forces unite, organise and progress further," said Mayawati who was in Karnataka to campaign for the Janata Dal Secular for the 12 May Assembly elections.
The SP-BJP combine had delivered a crushing to the BJP in the UP bypoll results held this year. But their ties again hit a rock bottom after BSP’s loss in the Rajya Sabha elections that followed.
After Mayawati expressed her displeasure on the loss, both the parties contest a singular fight in Karnataka. Mayawati made her displeasure known and then the two parties decided to go it solo in Karnataka.
(With inputs from NDTV)
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