Lucknow, February 25: After finalising the seat-sharing agreement in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav have divided the parliamentary constituencies of Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand between themselves under a pre-poll pact.
As per the arrangement agreed to by the two leaders, the BSP will hold the lion's share, contesting 26 of the 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, whereas, the SP would be fielding its candidates in only three constituencies of the state. BSP, SP Divide Seats in Uttar Pradesh For 2019 Lok Sabha Elections: Check Full List of Constituencies.
In Uttarakhand -- where five Lok Sabha seats are on the line -- the alliance would be contesting on four seats. The SP will be fielding its candidate in Garhwal (Pauri) seat, whereas, the Mayawati-led party would be vying for three other constituencies.
The seat-sharing arrangement comes barely a week after the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh revealed the constituencies on which the two parties would be contesting.
Out of the 80 parliamentary constituencies in UP, the BSP will be fielding candidates in 38 seats, whereas, Akhilesh's party would be contesting on 38. Three seats have been left for Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
The alliance has decided not to field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli -- the respective bastions of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.
The exclusion of Congress from the alliance in UP, according to analysts, has restricted the party's hopes of recovery in the state. The SP-BSP pact in MP and Uttarakhand will give another jolt to the grand old party, as the coalition is bound to dent the Congress' vote share in the two states.