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What Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav said on BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 12 January 2019, 01:18 PM

The stage is set for the biggest alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are scheduled to announce the tie-up in Lucknow today. The announcement is set to take place at Taj Hotel in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar at around 12 pm. The walls of many buildings in Lucknow are plastered with posters of both leaders. This would be the first time in 26 years that both parties will fight the elections jointly. Last time, it happened in 1993, when Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram came together.

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  Jan 12, 2019  13:09 (IST)
  Jan 12, 2019  12:50 (IST)

"Want to thank Mayawatiji for accepting this coalition. We have decided to join hands to wipe out the BJP from UP," says Akhilesh Yadav.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:49 (IST)
  Jan 12, 2019  12:48 (IST)

Both BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav didn't take RLD's name during their joint press conference.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:42 (IST)

The BSP-SP alliance will defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, says Akhilesh Yadav.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:41 (IST)

To defeat the arrogance of the BJP, it was necessary for the BSP and the SP to come together. The BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic: Akhilesh Yadav.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:39 (IST)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomes the alliance of the SP and the BSP for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:38 (IST)

"In 1993, the then BSP chief Kanshi Ram and Mulayam Singh Yadav contested together and won the UP polls. The BSP is determined to follow in the footsteps of Dr BR Ambedkar and give the same results this time," says Mayawati.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:36 (IST)

Moreover, we won't gain anything by including Congress in our alliance. Both BSP and SP have experienced in the past that Congress's vote is not transferrable: BSP chief Mayawati.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:35 (IST)

Seat sharing formula in Uttar Pradesh: SP: 38 and BSP: 38.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:31 (IST)
  Jan 12, 2019  12:31 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati takes a dig at Shivpal Yadav during a joint press conference.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:30 (IST)

SP and BSP to contest on 38 seats each in Uttar Pradesh, announces Mayawati.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:26 (IST)

BSP and SP to contest 2019 Lok Sabha Elections together, announces Mayawati.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:24 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati attacks Congress in joint press conference.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:19 (IST)

BSP-SP have decided to contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections together, this will lead to a new political revolution in the country: Mayawati.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:15 (IST)

This press conference will rob PM Modi, Amit Shah of their sleep, says Mayawati.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:10 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati attacks PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, terms them 'Guru-Chela'.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:06 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:04 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav arrive at Hotel Taj.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:01 (IST)

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati leaves for Hotel Taj.

  Jan 12, 2019  12:01 (IST)

BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to announce poll alliance shortly in Lucknow.

  Jan 12, 2019  11:45 (IST)

Akhilesh Yadav leaves for the venue

Samajwadi Party chief has left for Hotel Taj, which is located in Lucknow's Gomati Nagar. This is the same place where Yadav had announced alliance with the Congress in 2017. 

  Jan 12, 2019  11:28 (IST)

‘Mile Mulayam Kanshiram, hawa mein ud gaye Jai Shri Ram’

In 1993, when Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP founder Kanshiram came together, they defied BJP’s ‘Mandir politics’ This slogan was coined by Khadim Abbas,a journalist who later entered active politics.

  Jan 12, 2019  11:05 (IST)

Why exactly Congress didn’t negotiate that hard?

Congress leaders like PL Punia, who delivered Chhattisgarh to the Congress as its state in-charge, and UPCC chief Raj Babbar are reportedly of the view that the party should seek its pound of flesh in any alliance. They cite the example of 2009 when the Congress romped home with 22 Lok Sabha seats in UP, surprising many. They also say that with party chief Rahul Gandhi getting more "combative? against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress now stands a better chance than before.


  Jan 12, 2019  11:03 (IST)

The Formula

Sources said the SP and the BSP are planning to contest on 37 seats each out of the 80 on offer in Uttar Pradesh and plan to leave just two, Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, for the Congress.

  Jan 12, 2019  10:58 (IST)

Boon for RLD

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh on Friday confirmed that he would be part of the alliance. Other smaller parties the Nishad Party are also likely to be part of the alliance, but were not mentioned in the announcement on the press conference.

  Jan 12, 2019  10:56 (IST)

Congress to go solo?

In Lucknow, a Congress spokesperson said the party is ready to fight the Lok Sabha alone.

  Jan 12, 2019  10:54 (IST)

Fear for both Congress and BJP

At a meeting in Kannauj, Akhilesh Yadav had said that," Our coming together has not only created fear in the BJP but also in the Congress."

  Jan 12, 2019  10:50 (IST)

SP-BSP posters and party flags seen in Lucknow

First Published: Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:47 AM
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