SP, BSP to discuss seat sharing at appropriate time: Akhilesh Yadav

  • Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on 5 Jun 18 said there was no decision on seat sharing between his party and the BSP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that it would be discussed at an “appropriate time”.
  • The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s remark come amid reports that the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is demanding 40 out of the total 80 seats in the state for the 2019 general elections.
  • “We have not discussed anything. We ‘samajwadis’ (socialists) have a big heart,” he told in an interview, his first after the Kairana bypolls in which the joint opposition candidate trounced the BJP’s nominee, snatching the seat from the ruling party in the state.
  • On assembly polls in other states, Yadav said, “The SP will contest all the seats in Madhya Pradesh and is also preparing for polls in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.”
  • Regarding possibilities of a BSP-Congress tie-up for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, he said, “I have no information about this.”
  • He said as far as the SP is concerned, the party has decided to contest all the 230 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh and preparations are underway. The SP chief also said that the party was prepared for the 2019 polls and the process was on for selecting prospective candidates.

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