After 23 years, the BSP and the Samajwadi Party rejoined in Uttar Pradesh to face the BJP in two seats Lok Sabha in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, which vacated the CM Yogi Adityanath and the deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.
The BSP, however, made it clear that support for the Samajwadi party was only for elections in two seats of Lok Sabha and should not be seen as an indication for any alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The supreme of BSP, Mayawati, did not present any candidate for the lists in the two seats of UP and the option of supporting any opposition candidate was wide open with her.
“We have extended support to the candidates of the Samajwadi Party for the elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur only, we will not share the dais with the Samajwadi party, nor will we campaign for their candidates.” The BSP will only ask its cadres to support the SP candidates in both positions, since he has not presented any candidate, “announced Ashok Gautam, BSP Zonal Coordinator, after a meeting in Lucknow.
The BSP and SP had fought together in the 1993 Assembly elections. But the association did not last long. The BSP withdrew support for the then government of Mulayam Singh Yadav after Mayawati was locked in a room in the State Guest House on June 2, 1995 and the MLA of her party were attacked and abducted by SP thugs. Since then, SP was a sworn enemy of Mayawati and her group.
The alliance has been a blow to the ruling BJP. The party leadership, however, has ridiculed the association and said it will have no impact on the prospects of the BJP candidates. “It is nothing more than political opportunism – you must not forget that you have extended your support to those who once announced that they would demolish all statues and memorials set by your government,” said Adityanath.