Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP) recently announced their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 with 50-50 seat-sharing deal in Uttar Pradesh. In the wake of the alliance announced by the two leaders in U.P, Union Minister and Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale on Sunday advised BSP chief Mayawati to join hands with BJP for 2019 polls, adding that the BSP-SP alliance will not last for long.
"Mayawati is trying to target the Dalit votes here(U.P). She is a strong woman of the society, I respect her, she has been the chief minister of the state for four times. But I want to ask Mayawati ji did BJP not have casteism, when you became three times chief minister of U.P with its support. So, when wanted to be in power, then you stood with BJP. Now I would like to suggest you that you can come with BJP again," said Ramdas Athawale, while speaking to reporters on Sunday.
Republican Party of India is a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.
Earlier on January 12, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, two former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers and once fierce rivals, announced that they will each contest 38 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Furthermore, they stated that they will leave two seats for other parties and also not contest in Amethi and Rae Bareli - the seats currently held by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively.
Speaking at the press briefing, Mayawati said that the two parties were going to come together to give PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP sleepless nights, also alleging that the BJP had come up trumps in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well as in the 2017 UP elections by crooked means. Targeting BJP, Akhilesh Yadav also alleged that the saffron party has turned Uttar Pradesh into 'Caste Pradesh'.
Mayawati became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh with BJP support in 1995, 1997 and 2002, after breaking alliance with the then Mulayam Singh Yadav led Samajwadi Pary in 1995.