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Mayawati Akhilesh Yadav alliance announcement live updates: BSP Chief Mayawati said that both BSP and SP will fight Lok Sabha election 2019 together

mayawati and akhileshMayawati, Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow (ANI photo)

Mayawati Akhilesh Yadav alliance announcement Live updates: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav have announced to forge an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. Talking to media in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow, BSP supremo Mayawati said that both the parties will in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies each. Two seats- Amethi and Rae Bareli- have been given to Congress without any alliance, said Mayawati. Launching a scathing attack, Mayawati said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will have sleepless nights over the alliance. She also took a dig at Congress, claiming the party lost power due to the corruption scandal.

The decision will have a major political bearing as Congress is not part of the pre-poll alliance. The political alignment between the former bitter-rivals in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh that offers 80 Lok Sabha seats. While Congress has termed the move as “very dangerous mistake” but asserted it would go alone in the state.

While delivering his inaugural address at the BJP convention, party president Amit Shah exhorted that the saffron party will bag more seats in 2019 than it won in the 2014 general elections. Shah claimed that the BJP is on its way to win more than 50 per cent votes in Uttar Pradesh. BJP swept the 2014 Lok Sabha polls after bagging 71 seats out of total 80 constituencies and its then alliance Apna Dal won 2 seats.

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Mayawati Akhilesh Yadav alliance announcement Live updates

13:00 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Akhilesh Yadav's big announcement over PM candidate

Akhilesh Yadav exuded confidence that next Prime Minister of India will be from Uttar Pradesh. "You know who is my choice. Uttar Pradesh has given Prime Ministers in the past and trend will be repeated again," Yadav on the question if he will support Mayawati for PM.

12:50 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Akhilesh Yadav attacks BJP

"To defeat the arrogance of BJP, it was necessary for BSP and SP to come together. BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic," former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.

12:46 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mamata Banerjee welcomes Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav tie-up

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee has welcomed Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav's decision to join hands for the Lok Sabha election 2019. "I welcome the alliance of the SP and the BSP for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections," CM Banerjee tweeted.

12:41 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati reveals reason behind leaving out Congress

BSP Chief Mayawati said, "Moreover, we won't gain anything by including Congress in our alliance. Both BSP and SP have experienced in the past that Congress's vote is not transferrable."

12:40 (IST)12 Jan 2019
BJP and Congress are same, says Maywati

"Be it BJP or Congress, whoever rules, their policies are mostly the same. For example, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared an emergency, today there is an undeclared emergency," claims BSP chief Mayawati.

12:31 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Seat sharing between SP-BSP

"Samajwadi Party will fight in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies, BSP will contest in 38 seats. 2 seats (Amethi and Rae Bareli) have been left for  Congress)," says Mayawati.

12:27 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati rakes up EVM tampering issue

BSP Chief Mayawati claimed SP-BSP alliance would the maximum seats in Uttar Pradesh if Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are not tampered in Lok Sabha

12:25 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati's dig at Congress

Congress lost power because of corruption and scams. Joining hands with Congress would not have helped BSP-SP much, says BSP

12:22 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati speaks

Both BSP and SP have decided to forget the past and decided to join hands for a new beginning.

12:16 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati says SP-BSP to lead to new political revolution

Both BSP and SP have decided to contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections together and asserted  this will lead to a new political revolution in the country, says Mayawati.

12:14 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati Akhilesh Yadav alliance announcement

BSP chief Mayawati said that both SP and BSP have joined hands to stop BJP and represent people belonging to every section of society

12:07 (IST)12 Jan 2019
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12:05 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav share stage

BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav share stage and exchanges bouquet.  

11:13 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Lok Sabha Elections 2009

11:11 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Assembly Elections 2017

In 2017, BJP swept the assembly polls by winning over 300 seats and more than 40 per cent

11:08 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Lok Sabha polls 2014

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP won a staggering 71 seats, Samajwadi Party 5 and Congress 2

10:42 (IST)12 Jan 2019
SP-BSP flags in Lucknow

SP-BSP party flags in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. Former state chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati will jointly address the media later today

10:39 (IST)12 Jan 2019
BJP mocks SP-BSP alliance

At a party convention in Delhi on Friday, BJP president Amit Shah mocked the "bua-bhatija" alliance of the parties led by Yadav and Mayawati. He said they could not stand each other but have now joined hands due to the fear of the BJP, echoing remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a recent rally in Agra. Shah claimed that the BJP is on its way to win more than 50 per cent votes in Uttar Pradesh, asserting the saffron alliance's tally will improve from the 73 Lok Sabha seats it won in 2014 out of the state's 80.

10:35 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Congress leaders pin hope on Rahul Gandhi

Congress leaders like PL Punia, who delivered Chhattisgarh to the Congress as its state in-charge, and UPCC chief Raj Babbar are reportedly of the view that the party should seek its pound of flesh in any alliance. They cite the example of 2009 when the Congress romped home with 22 Lok Sabha seats in UP, surprising many. They also say that with party chief Rahul Gandhi getting more "combative” against the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress now stands a better chance than before.

10:34 (IST)12 Jan 2019
SP, BSP seats arrangements

According to reports, the SP and the BSP are planning to contest on 37 seats each out of the 80 on offer in Uttar Pradesh and plan to leave just two, Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, for the Congress.

10:33 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Grand-alliance meeting in Delhi

The top leadership of the SP and the BSP recently met in Delhi to discuss the broad parameters of an alliance to take on the BJP in the parliamentary elections just months away. After the meeting, the SP said Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati had given their “in-principal approval”.

10:32 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Growing bonhomie between Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav

 
 In recent days, Yadav and Mayawati have put out press statements that mention a 'gathbandhan'. Mayawati's press statement was in solidarity with Yadav amid reports that the CBI might question him in connection with a mining scam that allegedly took place when he was chief minister. 'Don't be shaken,' she advised him. Yadav returned the favour when he put out a statement to condemn Modi's remarks in Agra on Mayawati 'forgetting' an attack on her by SP workers in 1995. 'The PM is scared of the alliance,' Yadav said.

10:30 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati joined hands in 2018

In 2018, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati decided to set aside their differences and joined hands to contest three bypolls. The joint opposition victories in the bypolls in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana was seen as a consolidation of Other Backward Classes, Dalits and Muslim votes, and raised expectations of similar math working in the 2019 elections.

09:55 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Amit Shah's message to Congress, SP, BSP

Amit Shah claimed that the BJP is on its way to win more than 50 per cent votes in Uttar Pradesh, asserting the saffron alliance's tally will improve from the 73 Lok Sabha seats it won in 2014 out of the state's 80.

09:48 (IST)12 Jan 2019
Mayawati Akhilesh Yadav alliance announcement

The Samajwadi Party (SP)  and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are planning to contest on 37 seats each out of the 80 on offer in Uttar Pradesh and plan to leave just two, Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, for the Congress,  according to report.

Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also said the "coming together" of SP and BSP has not only "created fear in the BJP but also in the Congress." Both Yadav and Mayawati have given statements mentioning a "gathbandhan". Mayawati's press statement was in solidarity with Yadav amid reports that the CBI might question him in connection with a mining scam that allegedly took place when he was chief minister. "Don't be shaken," she advised him.
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