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‘Grand Alliance For Anarchy, Corruption, Political Instability’, Yogi Adityanath On SP-BSP Alliance

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| January 12 , 2019 , 16:41 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath commented that any grand alliance of Opposition parties against the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will bring in anarchy, corruption and political instability on Saturday.

This came in response when Former rivals Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Saturday morning which agitated the opposition parties especially BJP, which decimated the two UP powerhouses in the 2014 elections.

Yogi said in Lucknow, "Those who did not like each other are talking about a maha gathbandhan (grand alliance). This is an alliance for corruption, anarchy and political instability. This is a coalition of castist, corrupt and opportunistic mindset that doesn't want development and good governance The public knows everything and this unholy alliance will be given a perfect answer"

He further said, "Gathbandhan or mahagathbandhan, we will do better than 2014.”

Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav declared that they would leave out Congress from their alliance, calling allying with it "pointless". The two parties will contest 38 seats each in Uttar Pradesh, and have left two - Amethi and Raebareli, represented by Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the Congress,  the two other seats will be allotted to smaller allies.

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Last year, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati decided to bury their 25-year-old rivalry and collectively participate in the bypoll contests. The alliance snagged three BJP seats; Gorakhpur (Yogi Adityanath's former seat) was won by Nishad Party, Kairana by the Rashtriya Lok Dal and Phulpur by the Samajwadi Party. It gave them hope that together, they can pull voters away from the BJP.