Deal Sealed In UP Between Akhilesh & Mayawati, SP Will Contest 37 Seats, BSP 38

| February 21 , 2019 , 17:23 IST

The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) declared their seat-sharing position in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections due in April-May, on Thursday.

Akhilesh Yadav led SP will contest on 37 seats while BSP will fight on 38 seats in Mayawati leadership. While announcing the alliance earlier, the two parties had said they will contest from 38 constituencies each out of the 80 in the state.

The two parties named the seats distributed among them in a statement signed by SP president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati.

The 37 seats in the SP quota include Kairana, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Badaun, Bareilly, Lucknow, Etawah, Kanpur, Kannauj, Jhansi, Banda, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Phulpur, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi and Mirzapur.

The BSP will field its candidates from Meerut, Agra, Sant Kabir Nagar, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Pratapgarh, Ghazipur, Bhadohi, Jaunpur, Ghoshi among others.

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Though no pre-poll alliance has been struck with the Congress, the Gandhi family strongholds of Amethi and Raebareli have been left untouched, as was promised by Mayawati earlier. The remaining three are expected to go to Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Leaving behind decades of animosity, Mayawati had said that both the parties “decided to come together in the larger public interest”. The BSP supremo also mentioned the infamous June 1995 murderous attack on her by SP workers and said that it was necessary for both the parties to join hands to keep BJP out of power.