Mayawati-led BSP Joins Hand With Raj Kumar Saini's Party (LSP), Calls Off Alliance With INLD

| February 9 , 2019 , 17:02 IST

Mayawati led-Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday ended a nearly nine-month-old alliance with Haryana's main opposition INLD and announced to forge ties with LSP, an outfit floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini.

The new change came days after Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) suffered a humiliating defeat in the Jind bypolls, with party candidate Umed Singh Redhu forfeiting his security deposit, amid the ongoing family feud in the Chautala family.

Speaking to media BSP Haryana in-charge Meghraj said, "On the directions of BSP national president and former UP chief minister Mayawati, the BSP today ends the alliance with the INLD and ties up with the Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP)."

Under the new arrangement, the BSP and the LSP will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and Haryana Assembly polls. In Haryana, the BSP will contest on eight and the LSP on two Lok Sabha seats, Meghraj said. He further said his party would contest on 35 seats and LSP would on 55 seats during the Haryana Assembly polls.

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The BSP had on Friday hinted that it may soon call off its alliance with the INLD. It had earlier also said that it would part ways with the INLD if it fails to get united.

The INLD and the BSP had entered into an alliance in April last year, which both ruling BJP and opposition Congress had described as a "marriage of convenience" which they entered into just to "grab power" in the state. After forging the alliance, the two parties had announced to jointly contest the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.