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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.

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