Akhilesh & Mayawati May Join Hands in UP, Without Cong: Reports

Yadav and Mayawati are likely to meet again next week, as well.

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SP and BSP chiefs Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.
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The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahaman Samaj Party (BSP) are all set to join hands in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, say media reports.

Citing “sources”, NDTV has reported that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP national president Mayawati met in Delhi on Friday, 4 December to discuss a mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh. This mahagathbandhan, however, is not likely to include the Congress, as according to NDTV’s sources, both Yadav and Mayawati are upset with the party.

According to NDTV, the final decision will be taken on 15 January and the alliance will also have space to include smaller parties. Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) can get three seats in the grand alliance, as well, sources informed.

Yadav and Mayawati are likely to meet again next week, as well.

Previously Akhilesh Yadav had expressed his displeasure with the Congress, after SP’s only lawmaker in MP was not inducted to Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s list of ministers, despite the party supporting the Congress in attaining majority.

Mayawati, who had extended her support to the Congress in MP, had also asserted that she would reconsider her support if cases in connection with the Bharat Bandh on 2 April, 2017, were not withdrawn.

Congress has also previously asserted that it is willing to ally with any party that wants to “free” the people from BJP rule, reported NDTV.

(With inputs from NDTV.)

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