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SP-BSP tie up in UP: 38 seats to each, leave two for Congress and two for other allies

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today (Saturday, Jan 12) announced an alliance for the Lok Sabha elections 2019, deciding to contest on 38 seats each, leaving two seats for the Congress and two for other allies.

The two parties have decided not to involve Congress in their battle against the BJP saying that there was no real gain in aligning with the party.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow along with Akhilesh, Mayawati said, “We have left two Lok Sabha seats for other parties. Amethi and Rae Bareli have been left for Congress.” Uttar Pradesh has total 80 Lok Sabha seats.

About Congress, Mayawati said that BSP and SP’s past experiences with the party have been a basis for leaving it out of the 2019 alliance.

“Including Congress in the alliance will hurt SP-BSP prospects as Congress’s votes do not get transferred,” she said.

Training her guns at the ruling BJP as well as Congress, Mayawati said that the policies of both these parties have been mostly the same.

“Both the parties indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared emergency, today there is undeclared emergency,” said the BSP supremo.

Mayawati said the SP-BSP alliance “will give sleepless nights to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah”.

Taking over from where the BSP chief stopped, SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav said, “The BJP has raked up the issue of caste in UP. People are being killed in encounters because of their caste. ”

Terming their alliance as a political revolution, Akhilesh Yadav said that the merger was necessary to bring down the soaring arrogance of the BJP.

“We have come together to rid the state and country of BJP’s religion and caste politics. This alliance was a must to destroy BJP, to defeat their arrogance. BJP can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic,” he added.

In what could be a message to his party workers, the Samajwadi Party chief further said that any insult to Mayawati would be an insult to him.

“I want to say to BJP that they should know that we (SP-BSP) are in this together. I am grateful to Mayawati for giving me equal status. They should know any insult to Mayawati is my insult,” he said.

The SP-BSP alliance comes exactly 25 years after the two parties joined hands to stop the BJP juggernaut at the height of the Ayodhya movement in 1993.

Both later formed the government with support of the Congress and Mulayam became chief minister. After around 18 months, BSP withdrew support and formed the government with support of BJP.

The two parties parted as sworn enemies, after Samajwadi workers roughed up Mayawati at a guest house in Lucknow for pulling out of their coalition government.

“For the sake of the nation, we decided to rise above the Lucknow guest house incident and again come together,” Mayawati stressed, a clarification aimed at PM Modi, who had at a recent rally in Agra scorned her for forgetting that episode while allying with the Samajwadi Party.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1547294438579{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]The Congress said it would be a mistake to underestimate the party in UP. “Nobody should underestimate the Congress with its reach, presence and support base in Uttar Pradesh. Congress is an established party in the state,” said senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad dismissed the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance saying it was a desperate effort for survival. “The SP BSP alliance is for their survival, it’s not in the interest of the country or Uttar Pradesh,” he said at media briefing on the second day of BJP’s national council meet in Delhi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Akhilesh and Mayawati, who had been exchanging barbs of ‘Bua’ and ‘Babua’ against each other during electioneering in the last Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, had previously come together for three Lok Sabha seats in the UP bypolls last year and won all.

“We have defeated the BJP in by-polls by coming together in the last year. The Congress even lost its deposit. This made us realise that of the SP and BSP come together, we can win against the BJP,” Mayawati said.

“This is not an alliance only to win the polls but to also represent the interests of the common people and Dalits, Muslims and other religious minorities,” said the BSP chief.

Significantly, she said this was a long-term relationship. “Ye lamba chalega (it will last long), even in the next Uttar Pradesh assembly election,” said Mayawati.

She beamed as Akhilesh Yadav, taking a question on what he thought of Mayawati as prime ministerial candidate, said: “Uttar Pradesh has given us prime ministers in the past and we will be happy to see another Prime Minister from Uttar Pradesh again.”

The SP-BSP tie-up could prove to be a deterrent for the incumbent BJP in the state. In 2014, the BJP had a vote share of 42.6 per cent – about the same as combined votes of SP and BSP – and won 71 out of 80 seats. Two other seats went to its ally Apna Dal.

The SP won five, the Congress two, and the BSP none.

In 2014, the BSP was runner-up in 34 seats, and the SP in 31.

The BJP may lose as many as 50 Lok Sabha seats in UP when the SP and BSP votes are combined.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Samajwadi Party fields Lalu Yadav’s son-in-law Tej Pratap from Kannauj

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The Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded Tej Pratap Singh Yadav for the parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh, putting an end to rumours that its chief, Akhilesh Yadav, would contest from Kannauj.

Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and his spouse Dimple previously held the seat.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son-in-law is Tej Pratap, a former MP from Mainpuri and Akhilesh Yadav’s nephew. The former Mainpuri MP has tied the knot with Raj Laxmi Yadav, Lalu’s daughter.

Ranveer Singh, the brother of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, is the grandfather of Tej Pratap. From 2014 to 2019, he was the MP for Mainpuri.

In addition to Tej Pratap, the Yadav family is running for the Lok Sabha seats in Mainpuri, Azamgarh, Badaun, and Ferozabad.

In opposition to Neeraj Shekhar of the BJP, the Party has put up Sanatan Pandey of Ballia.

Pandey had previously run from this location in 2019 on the SP ticket, but Virendra Singh Mast of the BJP defeated him.

Son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, Neeraj Shekhar served as a member of parliament for the state of Rajasthan from 2007 to 2014, representing SP from Ballia, the seat his father had previously held.

Shekhar was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 but lost the polls to his BJP opponent. After the SP decided not to field him in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he left the party and joined the BJP, which promoted him to the Upper House of Parliament.

On June 1, elections will be held in the Ballia Lok Sabha constituency.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 62 of the 80 seats in the 2019 general elections. It also added two seats that its ally Apna Dal (S) won. Ten seats were won by Mayawati’s BSP and five by Akhilesh Yadav’s SP. In contrast, the Congress party managed to secure a mere one seat.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav on Monday lashed out PM Modi accsuing him of not having respect for the constitution.

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Lok Sabha elections: BJP candidate Mukesh Dalal wins from Surat after opponents remain out of fray

BJP’s Surat Lok Sabha candidate Mukesh Dalal has won the seat unopposed

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Mukesh Dalal is elected unopposed from Gujarat’s Surat Lok Sabha constituency after all other contenders withdrew their candidature.

Gujrat BJP chief CR Paatil took to hi social media account X, formerly Twitter, and congratulated Dalal for being elected unopposed.

This latest developmnet comes after the cancellation of two Congress candidates’ nominations on Sunday and the withdrawal of eight more on Monday.

The Congress candidate for the Surat Lok Sabha constituency, Nilesh Kumbhani, had his nomination form canceled since he was unable to produce even one of his three proposers before the election commissioner.

The differences in three proposers’ signatures on Kumbhani’s nomination form had drawn scrutiny from the BJP.

The Congress’s replacement candidate from Surat, Suresh Padsala, had his nomination form nullified as well, which eliminated the party from the race in the city.

Returning Officer Sourabh Pardhi issued an order stating that the four nomination forms that Kumbhani and Padsala had presented were refused because there were initially found differences in the proposers’ signatures, making them seem fake.

Pardhi’s order also mentioned that the proposers acknowledged having signed the forms themselves in their affidavits. It should be noted that Kumbhani’s three proposers were related to him.

Nilesh Kumbhani was given a day by the Returning Officer to submit his response following the proposers’ claim. The congressional candidate arrived at the polling place with his representative; however, none of his three proposers showed up.

According to the order, the Congress candidate’s attorney had requested that the camera tape be checked, and even their presence was not discovered.

Meanwhile, the Congress said that everyone was afraid of the government’s threat and accused the ruling BJP of being involved in dirty play.

Congress leader and activist Babu Mangukiya said that Kumbhani’s three proposers had been abducted, and he suggested that the Returning Officer look into this matter rather than the validity of the signed form.

According to Mangukiya, it was improper to cancel the form without first telechecking the signatures and determining whether or not the proposers’ signatures were accurate.

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Sunita Kejriwal, other INDIA bloc leaders to attend rally in Ranchi ahead of second phase of voting

Top leaders of the Opposition INDIA bloc will attend the mega Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally in Ranchi today

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Delhi Chief Minister’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren, the wives of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren, along with at least 14 Opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi would be present at the Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally on Sunday in Ranchi.

The arrests of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate would be the main topic of discussion during the massive event.

The protest, which is scheduled to start at about 3 pm in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara field, is expected to draw about 5 lakh people. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is organising it as a united display of strength in the amid the Lok Sabha elections.

Along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren are also anticipated to speak at the rally.

At the rally, posters depicting prominent members of the INDIA bloc have already been reached. These include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Hemant Soren, and his spouse Kalpana Soren.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren made the following statement the day before the rally that they need to stop the dictatorship and save our democracy and the constitution. Everyone is aware of the events in Delhi and Jharkhand. At the massive gathering, they will reveal the Center’s autocratic methodology, he added.

Additionally, according to sources, the Chief Minister said that they had the mandate from the people in Hemant Soren’s name, but attempts were made to destabilize his government from the beginning, and finally he was sent to jail.

People in Delhi too encountered similar situation. They will inform the country about the Centre’s dictatorship from the Ulgulan rally dais, he continued.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, they are united in this struggle against the BJP’s increasing dictatorship. The opposition is being prevented from operating as it should, and their goal is to silence it.


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