TWO OPPOSITION PARTIES UNITE TO CHALLENGE MODI
NEW DELHI — A formidable opposition, a coalition of the regional Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), was announced on Saturday by the leaders of the two parties to challenge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the general elections slated in a few months.
India’s politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh sends 80 lawmakers to the lower house of parliament and has produced nine prime ministers.
At a news conference in state capital Lucknow on Saturday the SP, headed by Akhilesh Yadav, and the powerful BSP led by Dalit (lowest Hindu caste) leader Kumari Mayawati announced they are entering into an alliance where they will contest 76 seats as a team. Both leaders are former state chief ministers. — Al Jazeera.