Lucknow, January 12: As the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav announced their "mahagathbandhan (grand alliance)" in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief Shivpal Singh Yadav said that the SP-BSP alliance is incomplete without his party. Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav Announce Seat-Sharing Pact For 2019 Lok Sabha Elections: 'BSP, SP to Contest 38 Seats Each in Uttar Pradesh'.
Shivpal Yadav, while speaking to the news agency ANI, on SP-BSP alliance, said, "This alliance in incomplete without Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party, only a secular front can defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)." This comes after Yadav, earlier, said that there is no chance that he can go to Samajwadi party but stressed out that an alliance can be possible.
Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief Shivpal Yadav on SP-BSP alliance: This alliance is incomplete without Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party, only a secular front can defeat BJP. pic.twitter.com/iuVwgsIJnr
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Earlier today, the SP and BSP announced that they will contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls together in Uttar Pradesh. In the Press conference in Lucknow, both BSP and SP said that they will be sharing 38 seats each of the 80 in the state, leaving two seats for Congress in Raebareli and Amethi.
Interestingly, the old foes have become friends after 24 years. The alleged assault on Mayawati at the UP guest house by Samajwadi Party workers made them arch-rivals.