SP-BSP alliance: Two years ago UP ke ladke Akhilesh and Rahul came together at the same venue

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav is all set to tie an alliance with Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday (January 12) at Lucknow’s Taj Hotel. Almost two years ago, on January 29, 2017, the SP supremo had held a joint press conference with Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the same hotel and formed an alliance.

The previous alliance formed between the Congress and the SP failed to generate a spark in the assembly elections held in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was riding high on the Modi wave, managed to secure a landslide in the state.

The partnership between UP ke ladke, which was considered a crucial political move at the time, fell flat as the people of UP rejected the alliance on multiple grounds. Many said the internal family feud going on between Akhilesh Yadav and his father divided the party internally and made the Akhilesh anxious.

However, not many equations changed for the Congress party in the state, which was struggling to stay in power at the time. In fact, many said that the SP would have performed better if it would have contested without an alliance.

Redemption time

The Samajwadi Party president will be forming an alliance after with the BSP to take on Narendra Modi-led BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections today. Both Yadav and Mayawati have shown optimism over the move and said that the alliance is a step towards dethroning the BJP from power.

The renewed alliance between the parties comes after 26 long years but the agenda remains the same: To stop the resurgent BJP in the state and to form a government for the poor.

Given their bitter rivalry of the past, there is only one question that everybody is asking: Will the bua-bhatija duo succeed in repeating the initial conquest of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kanshi Ram in 1993?

Commenting exclusively on the SP-BSP alliance, Akhilesh said, The SP and the BSP always had the arithmetic in favour of their alliance but in the coming polls the chemistry between the leaders and the voters will wipe out the BJP in UP.

“This is not an alliance due to fear of anyone or any compulsion. It’s an alliance to bring the poor who are feeling cheated closer to power. And we have learnt the art of alliance from PM Modi and BJP. They tied up with many parties and prominent leaders to win, he added.

When asked whether Congress would play a role in the grand alliance, Yadav said, “There has been no discussion with the Congress”.

“The effort must be made to defeat the BJP. We will not put up any candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareilly,” he added.