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2019 Lok Sabha Polls: Akhilesh Yadav Meet BSP Supremo Mayawati To Discuss Seat Arithmetic in Uttar Pradesh

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| January 5 , 2019 , 12:08 IST

Once rivals and now allies in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati inched closer in Delhi on Friday to discuss and finalise seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

The meeting was held at around 6 pm when SP chief reached Mayawati's residence. The meeting between the two lasted for about two hours.

According to media reports, the two parties have decided on an equal seat-sharing formula and would field candidates from 37 seats each in the crucial poll state that sends 80 lawmakers to the Lok Sabha, leaving just six seats for the other players of the Grand Alliance, including the Congress.

Though there was no official word from both the parties, according to the sources even though the Congress will be kept out of the coalition, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati do not intend to field any candidate in Amethi and Raebareli - the stronghold of the Congress.

According to BJP’s own calculations, an SP-BSP alliance may cost the party at least 25-30 seats in the state in the general elections. The BJP and its allies had won 73 of the 80 seats in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Amid the clues given by the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, the Congress had last week said it was open to an alliance in UP with any party that wants to "free" the people from BJP rule.