SP-BSP al­liance won’t be suc­cess­ful, claims Shiv­pal

Deccan Chronicle - - Nation -

Lucknow, Jan. 13: Left out of the SP-BSP pre-poll tie-up in Ut­tar Pradesh, the Con­gress on Sun­day an­nounced it would go alone on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion. The priest-turnedpolitician also went on to say, “Why are SP and BSP dif­fer­ent par­ties? They should be merged”.

Suheldev Bharatiya Sa­maj Party, an ally of the rul­ing BJP, ap­peared to dif­fer with Adityanath’s as­sess­ment. It said the SPBSP al­liance will put up a strong fight in Lok Sabha elec­tions.

“The coun­try is wit­ness­ing an era of coali­tion, and no party has the courage to go to the polls alone. The SP-BSP al­liance is a strong al­liance and it will put up a strong con­test in the elec­tions,” UP Cab­i­net min­is­ter and SBSP chief Om Prakash Ra­jb­har told re­porters Satur­day.

Re­ply­ing to an­other query on whether his party will go with the SPBSP al­liance, Ra­jb­har said there was “no truth” in such ru­mours.

Tak­ing a jibe at BJP, he said, “The BJP feels there is a saf­fron wave across the state. The BJP is hav­ing the galat­fahmi (wrong per­cep­tion) that more than 60 per cent of peo­ple are sup­port­ing it.”

He said the party did see the re­sult of this wrong per­cep­tion dur­ing the Lok Sabha by­polls when it lost the Go­rakh­pur, Phoolpur and Kairana, and Noor­pur assem­bly seat.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Shiv­pal Ya­dav, chief of Pra­gatisheel Sa­ma­jwadi Party (Lo­hia) told re­porters, “When Ne­taji (Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav) had forged an al­liance (with BSP), there was no fear of CBI. To­day there is a fear of CBI, and it is be­cause of CBI that the al­liance is tak­ing place. This al­liance will not prove to be suc­cess­ful.”

Shiv­pal also said his talks for Lok Sabha elec­tions are go­ing on with var­i­ous par­ties in­clud­ing the Con­gress.

Sun­day’s meet­ing of the Con­gress was held a day after SP and BSP an­nounced their al­liance in UP, shar­ing 38 seats each and leav­ing two seats for smaller par­ties. They also left Rae Bareli and Ame­thi seats for UPA chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi and Con­gress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Speak­ing to re­porters, Azad said, “The Con­gress will con­test on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP and de­feat BJP.” He ex­pressed hope that the Grand Old Party would dou­ble the tally of 21 seats it had won in the state in the 2009 gen­eral elec­tion.


Se­nior Con­gress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad with UP Con­gress chief Raj Bab­bar at a press con­fer­ence.

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