BSP leader Mayawati and Samajwadi Party Akilesh Yadav will address a joint media-briefing on January 12 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh at 12 noon. They will announce their alliance and seat sharing for the Lok Sabha elections.
As per Republic TV sources, BSP and SP will contest on 37 seats each, whereas RLD will fight on three seats, and Nishad Party will fight on one seat.
BJP's spokesperson Anila Singh reacted to the coalition of the SP and BSP saying, "BJP ready to face challenge and we are going to crush the alliance. We are here for people from every strata of the society. The SP and BSP who are asking for votes based on caste politics."
Mahendra Nath Pandey, Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, "Those who are involved in corruption are in alliance."
Samajwadi Party (SP) national vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda on Sunday had said his party, together with the BSP, is strong enough to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming general election and there is no need of an "insignificant" force like the Congress to make it happen.
He, however, hinted that the SP-BSP alliance might just leave aside the Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies, represented in the Lok Sabha by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi respectively.
"In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is an insignificant force, so we are not even thinking of including or excluding it."The SP-BSP alliance is the main force which will take on the BJP. The Congress might be there in one or two seats, it is for the Congress to decide what position it wishes to see itself in," Nanda told PTI in an interview.
His comments came two days after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav moved closer to finalise a seat-sharing formula, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Both the leaders held a meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
Nanda felt the Congress was yet to adjust to the mantra of "alliance politics" as it was unwilling to "leave even an inch to its allies in states where it is strong, but expects others to share their pound of flesh with it in states where it is a weak force".
Asked whether keeping the Congress out of the alliance in Uttar Pradesh would be an advantage for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said, "From our past experiences, we can say, in cases where the Congress had fielded candidates against the SP-BSP alliance, we did not face any problem in defeating the BJP. The Congress's vote share is completely insignificant.
"Rather there have been instances where the Congress had not put up its candidate in a seat and the BJP got its vote share."
Nanda cited the examples of the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypolls, where the Congress had fielded candidates against the SP-BSP nominees, but that did not deter the alliance from defeating the BJP.
Referring to the recently-held Assembly polls in five states, he said had the Congress worked out an alliance in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the BJP would have faced a complete ouster in the two states.
"Did the Congress go for a pre-poll alliance with the SP-BSP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan? The answer is no. The Congress's policy is it will take benefits from everybody, but when it gets an opportunity, it does not want to share it with others," Nanda said.
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