Maya May Focus on West, Akhilesh on East
BSP may get Bulandshahr, Bijnor, Meerut & Aligarh while SP may fight on Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh...
New Delhi: BSP could contest a majority of the 17 reserved seats as well as most of those in Western Uttar Pradesh as part of its 38-seat deal withtheSamajwadiParty,withboth sides said to have decided on many of the seats.
Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav are set to contest these Lok Sabha polls, with the father-son duo set to fight from Kannauj and Mainpuri, respectively.Mayawatimaypickaseattootoreenter the Lok Sabha after 15 years. She has won twice from Akbarpur seat in East UP, the last time she contested in 2004.
Key seats like Bulandshahr, Agra, Bijnor, Meerut, Saharanpur, Nagina and Aligarh are expected to be contested by BSP while seats
MAYA MAY ENTER FRAY
like Etawah, Lucknow, Moradabad, Gorakhpur,Allahabad,Kanpurand Azamgarh are expected to be contested by SP. Baghpat and Mathura seats have been left for RLD’s Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary. The SP-BSP alliance may contest these two seats too if RLD refuses their offer and goes to align with the Congress party in UP.
Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said that he was willing to make a com-
promise for lesser seats but said he was grateful to Mayawati for making both parties equal partners. This is also seen as a message to the voters and workers of both sides that no partner was inferior – – hence aid and enable voter-transfer to either camp. BSP has identified seats where Dalit-Muslim voters are enough to help it win with some vote transfer from the Yadavs while SP will bank on seats where the Yadav- Muslimpopulationisdecisive,along with some Dalit backing.
SP has been electorally more successful than the BSP in UP both in the 2014 and 2017 elections. BJP had been attacking the proposed alliance in the past asking if SP workers would accept lesser seats for their party compared to the BSP in an alliance. The equal-seat deal hence silences that critique from the BJP, SP leaderstoldET.“Whogetswhichseat depends also on who finished second onwhichseatin2014and2009,aswell as considering either party’s traditional strengths in terms of voters,” one of these leaders told ET.
While the SP had won five seats in the 2014 LS polls and finished second in 31 seats, BSP won no seat but finished second in 33 seats. Of the two seats where the BSP finished second, the SP won the Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats in the by-elections.