BSP SP Forge Strategic Alliance Ahead Of Bypoll

| March 4 , 2018 , 17:56 IST

The Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday announced a strategic alliance with Samajwadi Party as the BSP is supporting the SP candidates in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur bypoll elections.

BSP chief Mayawati stated that the support will be limited to the bypolls only.

She said, "I want to clarify that BSP has not allied with any political party. All rumours about BSP and SP alliance in UP for 2019 Lok Sabha elections are false and baseless."

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She said the understanding between the two parties would only extend to ensuring victory for the strongest non-BJP candidate, and hence, the BSP has not floated any candidate for bypolls in Phulpur & Gorakhpur. 

She added, "We have spoken to SP and have decided that we will support their Lok Sabha candidate during voting and SP will support our Rajya Sabha candidate."

In Gorakhpur, the SP has fielded Praveen Kumar Nishad, the son of Party chief Sanjay Nishad, as its candidate. Nishad will take on the BJP’s Upendra Shukla and Congress leader Surhita Chatterjee Karim.

In Phulphur, the Samajwadi Party has fielded Nagendra Singh Patel, an OBC leader. Patel will contest against BJP candidate and fellow OBC leader Kaushlendra Singh Patel, who has also been Varanasi mayor. The Congress has fielded Manish Mishra for this seat.

The Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies were vacated by CM Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya. The bypolls will be held on March 11 for both the constituencies.

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