Recently, Prasad said in a couple of occasions that the two rival parties should join hands in Uttar Pradesh just like he and his arch-rival Nitish Kumar have in Bihar. The RJD, JD(U) and Congress recently joined hands to counter the BJP in the 10 upcoming bypolls in the state.
The SP could win just 5 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general election
BSP chief Mayawati, however, shot down the idea later. Speaking to journalists, the former chief minister of UP said the SP was hand-in-glove in the BJP in fuelling communal clashes in the state and her party would contest the elections alone.
The BJP mocked both the SP and BSP over the issue. UP BJP leader Laxmikant Bajpai said the two parties are brothers-in-arms and the behaviour od the BSP MLAs in the state assembly showed that they were ready to become the SP's B-team.