The alliance formed between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election is an alliance of goons and roughs, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. His comments came a day after SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati announced that the two parties will contest the Lok Sabha polls together.
Yogi Adityanath said the alliance will benefit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“It is good that they have joined hands. Now it will be easier for us to finish them off. It will be better if they now decide to merge. If they have decided to go together, why don’t they merge their parties?” Adityanath asked.
On Saturday (January 12), Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced their pre-poll alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The two parties have agreed on a 50:50 seat-sharing agreement. Each will contest from 38 seats. The Congress, which in the past has stitched alliance with both the parties, has been left out of the alliance.
The SP and the BSP have left four seats for the Congress and others. The SP-BSP combine will not field candidates in Amethi and Raebareli, Lok Sabha seats of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi, respectively.
When asked about the challenge posed by the SP-BSP alliance to the electoral prospects of BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath said the BJP is not worried because the people of Uttar Pradesh know about the “anarchy unleashed” by them during their rule.
“Both of them have had the opportunity to run majority governments in the state. Everyone is aware of their misgovernance. Communal riots and casteist divide ruled the roost during their regimes,” he said.
Attacking SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Adityanath said he must now answer whether he will choose his father – Mulayam Singh Yadav – as the prime ministerial candidate or will he support Mayawati’s candidature.
“The kind of politics Akhilesh is doing makes one doubtful if he will even give Mulayam Singh Yadav a ticket from his party,” Adityanath said.
Speaking about the BJP’s performance in the state, he said people of Uttar Pradesh know that developmental works have started only after 2014 when Narendra Modi became the prime minister.
“These works were boosted when BJP came to power in UP in 2017. Have the SP and BSP ever come up with any concrete policy for the sections of society they claim to represent?”