Bua-Bhatija all set to de­clare al­liance

SP-BSP keen on keep­ing 37 seats apiece and of­fer rest of 6 seats to oth­ers; only Ame­thi, Rae­bareli for Cong

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Manan Ku­mar manan.ku­[email protected]­dia.net

New Delhi: Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) are set to re­peat his­tory after 25 years on Satur­day as Bua and Bhatija duo of Akhilesh Ya­dav and Mayawati would be shar­ing stage at Lucknow’s Ho­tel Taj to make for­mal an­nounce­ment of their tie up to take on the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The joint press con­fer­ence move to give a mes­sage of unity for the cadres comes ahead of Mayawati’s and Dim­ple Ya­dav’s (Akhilesh’s wife) birth­day on Jan­uary 15.

Speak­ing a day be­fore in Kan­nauj at #Chau­palOnTwit­ter, an ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the cadres of two par­ties, Akhilesh said, “We de­cided to cor­rect our count­ing, our arith­metic. We cor­rected our arith­metic and the re­sults came in three Lok Sabha and one assem­bly by polls.”

By stitch­ing an al­liance, the two heavy­weight par­ties of Ut­tar Pradesh are eye­ing at a vote share (as per to 2014 polls) of 43 per cent plus against BJP’s 41.5 per cent that fetched 71 seats to Modi surge. They are hop­ing for the al­liance to have a cu­mu­la­tive im­pact on vote share this time be­cause of fac­tors like farm­ers’ dis­tress, un­em­ploy­ment, cri­sis un­leashed by stray cat­tle, non-de­liv­ery on Ram Mandir prom­ise and clo­sure of in­dus­tries among oth­ers.

The two lead­ers, in a re­cent closed door meet­ing in Delhi, dis­cussed the modal­i­ties of broad con­tours of the al­liance in­clude seat shar­ing for the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Ut­tar Pradesh.

While Akhilesh has re­fused to di­vulge any de­tails on seat shar­ing in im­me­di­ate fu­ture,

the two par­ties are keen to keep 37 seats apiece and of­fer rest of 6 seats to smaller par­ties like RLD, Con­gress and NDA splin­ter par­ties.

Ajit Singh’s RLD that has strong base in western UP is bar­gain­ing for at least 5 seats but the SP-BSP are not will­ing

to give more than three. Sim­i­larly, fresh from its suc­cess in re­cent assem­bly polls a resur­gent Con­gress wants re­spectable seat share in dou­ble digit, but are not ex­pected to be of­fered more than two that too only for Ame­thi and Rae­bareli.

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