Lucknow, June 11: Samajwadi Party (SP) president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav reiterated his stand to continue his party's alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
During a public meeting in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, Yadav said that the alliance between the SP and the BSP would continue to ensure defeat of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the General Elections scheduled in April/May next year.
The SP chief added that his party is ready to give up a few seats to the BSP too. "Our alliance with the BSP will continue, in 2019 even if we have to give up a few seats we will do it. We have to ensure the BJP is defeated: Akhilesh Yadav,SP," tweeted ANI.
Our alliance with BSP will continue, in 2019 even if we have to give up a few seats we will do it. We have to ensure BJP is defeated: Akhilesh Yadav,SP pic.twitter.com/5vq4AA9frs— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 11, 2018
In the same meeting, Yadav stated that the "world is developing rapidly, these same neighbours Pakistan and China used to be much behind us. Today, China has taken a big lead over us".
World is developing rapidly, these same neighbours , Pakistan and China used to be much behind us. Today China has taken a big lead over us: Akhilesh Yadav,SP pic.twitter.com/POb88yOCAK— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 11, 2018
The tie-up between the former foe-turned-friend, the BSP and the SP, first tasted success when it managed to defeat the BJP in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-polls held in March.
Thereafter, once again when the BSP and the SP backed the Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Begum Tabassum Hasan, together they managed to defeat the BJP in the Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll recently.
Although the SP and the BSP are yet to announce a formal alliance between them, the tie-up is only a matter of time, say leaders of both the parties.
In fact, Yadav and BSP's supremo Mayawati also attended the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru in May. The big political event saw almost all the top opposition leaders sharing the same dais.
There are also talks that several anti-BJP forces will come together to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls under one banner against the BJP. The state of Uttar Pradesh holds great significance as it has 80 parliamentary seats.
In 2014 General Elections, the BJP won 71 seats from Uttar Pradesh which immensely helped in its success in the crucial polls.