After the fiasco in the recently concluded Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh, both Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) may actually spring a big surprise. Both parties are no longer averse to the idea of an alliance as they once were, a report by Indian Express said. BSP supremo Mayawati in party meetings has said that she has no problem with joining hands with “non-BJP parties” in the fight against “EVMs and the BJP”.
Some BSP leaders who had attended Mayawati’s meeting on April 19 said that the party chief was ready to forget “the bad experiences” of the past and join hands with the Samajwadi Party and the Congress provided it got a “respectable” number of seats to contest.
The BSP and SP had come together to form the government in the state in 1993, but it ended in a bitter fall-out then. Two years later in “the guesthouse incident” Mayawati and other BSP workers were allegedly attacked by SP leaders amid reports that the former had decided to leave the alliance.
Several leaders from both parties now believe that both BSP and SP need each other to survive amid the massive gains being made by the BJP across the state. Currently, BSP has only 19 MLAs and cannot elect either a Rajya Sabha MP or an MLC on its own. Mayawati’s Rajya Sabha term ends next year and for the first time since 1994, she faces prospects of being neither in state legislature nor Parliament. The only way she can reach the Upper House of the Parliament is by getting the support of the SP, which has 47 MLAs, the paper added.
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“The alliance is a necessity for both. If we want to stop the BJP, we must come together burying the past. The guesthouse incident is not something that cannot be forgotten; both sides realise this. Workers and voters of both parties are in favour of an alliance,” Indian Express quoted SP leader Shakir Ali, who was a junior minister in the first SP-BSP government, as saying.