With SP-BSP alliance; BJP lost hope, wants to join us: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow: Shortly after announcing SP-BSP alliance in UP, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav commented the alliance has scared the ruling Saffron Party to an extent that the party is demoralized with its leaders, workers now eager to quit BJP to join either of the parties.

Earlier on Saturday, Akhilesh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh with an equal share of 38 seats to each party, leaving two for Congress (Amethi and Rae Bareli) and two others for prospective partners, HT reports.

The two leaders had been working towards this alliance since March last year.

Responding to BJP leaders’ reaction after the alliance was announced, Akhilesh in his tweet this Sunday morning, said: “The BSP-SP alliance has made the top leadership of BJP and its entire organisation lose hope. Now, BJP’s booth level workers are saying ‘Mera booth chaknachoor (now my BJP booth is shattered)’. Such demoralised and desperate leaders and workers are restive about joining the SP and BSP.”

At the Saturday’s joint press conference, Akhilesh had cleared that it was he who initiated the SP-BSP alliance idea which the BSP supremo accepted.
“In my subconscious, the idea of the SP-BSP alliance germinated on that very day when BJP leaders began insulting Mayawatiji (the reference was to the time when Mayawati had resigned from Rajya Sabha, hitting out at BJP). The BJP, instead of punishing those leaders, made them ministers with big portfolios and egged them on,” he said.

He recalled, “In my mind, I had put the final seal on the alliance that day, when through deceit the BJP had defeated the joint candidate for Rajya Sabha, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar and then celebrated. It was very necessary for the SP and the BSP to unite to shatter the BJP’s arrogance. Once again, I thank Mayawatiji for her historic decision taken in the national interest. I assure all that now the oppressive rule of the BJP will end.”