SP-BSP to extend alliance in all 48 seats of Maharashtra
On Tuesday, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party announced that they would be extending their seat-sharing pact in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections to Maharashtra, a state where neither party had won a single seat in the last 2014 elections.
SP leader Abu Asim Azmi, who is a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, along with BSP leader Ashok Siddharth, who is a Rajya Sabha member from UP, announced the alliance, and that they would field candidates from all the 48 seats in the state, where elections will be held in four phases, from April 11 to April 29.
Azmi went on to say that the alliance represents “85-90%” of the society and would provide an alternative for the people who were dissatisfied with both the BJP and the Congress. He criticised the BJP for “peddling lies, to cling on to power”, and that the “chowkidars” are responsible for ending secularism in the country. He also expressed confidence that the BJP would be reduced from 23 seats out of 48 to around 5 this time. In a scathing attack on the Congress, Azmi said that the oldest party in the world had rendered the backward classes and the minorities- including Dalits and Muslims “helpless”, leaving them with no option but to choose the better option i.e. Congress. Azmi believed that the SP-BSP alliance would succeed in winning over the votes of these neglected citizens.
Siddharth echoed Azmi’s statements, and added that the SP-BSP policies will directly affect the lives of the common man, unlike those of the Congress, which remain on paper. Siddharth also announced BSP supremo Mayawati’s rally in Nagpur on April 5, and formally invited SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to participate in it.
The seat-sharing agreement has not been decided yet, and will begin soon with a committee already being formed specially for this purpose. Azmi said that the final sharing formula will be announced in a couple of days.
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