Los­ing hope, BJP men want to join SP, BSP: Akhilesh

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Pankaj Jaiswal [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ▪

LUCKNOW: Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav on Sun­day tweeted that his party’s al­liance with the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) had un­nerved the BJP so much that its de­mor­alised lead­ers and work­ers were des­per­ate to join the SP and BSP.

SP pres­i­dent Akhilesh Ya­dav and BSP chief Mayawati had on Satur­day an­nounced their elec­toral al­liance in UP shar­ing 38 Lok Sabha seats each among them­selves, leav­ing two each for the Con­gress (Rae Bareli and Ame­thi) and other prospec­tive part­ners. The two lead­ers had been work­ing on the al­liance since March last year.

“The top lead­er­ship of BJP and its en­tire or­gan­i­sa­tion have lost hope after the SP-BSP al­liance. Now, BJP’s booth level work­ers are say­ing ‘Mera booth chak­na­choor (My booth is shat­tered)’. BJP’s de­mor­alised and des­per­ate lead­ers and work­ers are restive and des­per­ate to join the SP and BSP,” Akhilesh tweeted.

This is Akhilesh’s first state­ment after BJP’s re­ac­tion on the al­liance. The BJP had said that the SP-BSP came to­gether for their sur­vival and not for the coun­try or Ut­tar Pradesh. They said the al­liance would make no im­pact on the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions.

MAYAWATI ON SATUR­DAY AN­NOUNCED THEIR ELEC­TORAL AL­LIANCE IN UP SHAR­ING 38 LS SEATS EACH , LEAV­ING TWO EACH FOR CONG AND OTHER PROSPEC­TIVE PART­NERS.

Dur­ing Satur­day’s joint press con­fer­ence, Akhilesh made it clear that it was he who ini­ti­ated the idea of al­liance which was ac­cepted by BSP pres­i­dent.

“In my sub­con­scious, the idea of the SP-BSP al­liance ger­mi­nated on the very day when BJP lead­ers be­gan in­sult­ing Mayawati ji (re­fer­ring to the time when Mayawati re­signed from Ra­jya Sabha, hit­ting out at BJP). The BJP, in­stead of pun­ish­ing those lead­ers, made them min­is­ters with big port­fo­lios and egged them on,” he said. “In my mind, I had put the fi­nal seal on the al­liance when the BJP de­feated the joint can­di­date for Ra­jya Sabha Dr Bhimrao Ambed­kar through de­ceit and then cel­e­brated it. It was very nec­es­sary for the SP and the BSP to shat­ter the BJP’s ar­ro­gance. I thank Mayawati ji for her his­toric de­ci­sion taken in na­tional in­ter­est. I as­sure all that the op­pres­sive rule of the BJP will end now,” Akhilesh said.

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