In an interview with the BBC, Akhilesh has said that he is ready to tie up with the BSP, if the SP-Congress combine falls short of the majority mark in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017.
|Uttar Pradesh Exits Poll 2017 - 403 Seats / 202 to win|
|India News-MRC||Times Now-VMR||C-Voter||ABP News-Lokniti||Chanakya|
|SP - Congress Alliance||120||110 to 130||135 to 147||156 to 169||88|
|BJP||185||190 to 210||155 to 167||164 to 176||285|
|BSP||90||57 to 74||81 to 93||60 to 72||27|
|Others||08||08||08 to 10||02 to 06||03|
The announcement comes as a surprise since the SP and the BSP have been the main competitors in the state for the past 15 years. The SP had tied up with the Congress for the elections.
However none of the exit polls are giving the SP-Congress alliance the edge in the elections. Most of the exit polls have predicted a big win for the BJP or a neck to neck fight. No party has however been given a huge majority in the exit polls which came out on Wednesday.