SP chief: SP-BSP alliance will decide new PM

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 06, 2019, 05:38 PM

Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, while speaking to reporters yesterday, said that the SP alliance with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh, will be instrumental in deciding who will be the Prime Minister of the country after that ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections end. 
Yadav also said that the incumbent Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, does the “opposite of whatever he says”, and is “180 degrees PM”. 
He added that Modi is not in support of people “who are in favour of social justice”, and “take the nation towards a change”. 
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party by saying that the saffron party is “taking help of CBI, IT, ED”, as they “know they won’t be able to form a government”. 
Uttar Pradesh sends the highest number of members to the Lower House, and will conduct polling in all seven phases of the ongoing general elections. 
Out of the total 80 seats, nine went to polls in the first phase on April 11, eight in the second phase on April 18, ten in the third phase on April 23, thirteen in the fourth phase on April 29, and fourteen are conducting elections today in the fifth phase, on May 06. 
The fourteen constituencies which are witnessing polling today are- Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich, Kaiserganj and Gonda. Turnout in these seats by 5:00pm was recorded at around 45%. 
Fourteen will conduct polling in the sixth phase on May 12, and the remaining thirteen seats in the last phase on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. 

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