Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference in Lucknow on Saturday.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today said that his party's alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party has already started giving sleepless nights to the state BJP leaders. They were now making attempts to join them to save their political careers, he said.
"Not just the top BJP leadership, but also the grassroot workers have given up hope after the BSP-SP alliance. The booth workers of the BJP are now saying 'humara booth, hua chaknachoor'. These disgruntled BJP leaders and workers now want to join BSP-SP for their survival," Mr Yadav said in a tweet.
बसपा-सपा में गठबंधन से न केवल भाजपा का शीर्ष नेतृत्व व पूरा संगठन बल्कि कार्यकर्ता भी हिम्मत हार बैठे हैं. अब भाजपा बूथ कार्यकर्ता कह रहे हैं कि ‘मेरा बूथ, हुआ चकनाचूर'. ऐसे निराश-हताश भाजपा नेता-कार्यकर्ता अस्तित्व को बचाने के लिए अब बसपा-सपा में शामिल होने के लिए बेचैन हैं. pic.twitter.com/z9EEB0io4G
– Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 13, 2019
Once arch rivals, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday announced their long-anticipated alliance to take on the BJP in the national election due this year. The alliance would "rob Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah of their sleep", they said.
Both the parties will contest 38 seats each. As expected, the two parties have kept the Congress out of the alliance, but spared Amethi, which is Congress president Rahul Gandhi's constituency, and Sonia Gandhi's seat Raebareli.
Nearly 25 years ago, the Samajwadi Party, then led by Akhilesh Yadav's father Mulayam Singh, and the BSP fell out after their coalition government in Uttar Pradesh crashed. It happened after Samajwadi workers barged into a guest house in Lucknow on June 2, 1995 and roughed up Mayawati 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.
Last year, the two parties teamed up for the first time after the incident for important bypolls that were prestige battles for the BJP. The alliance managed to win three seats, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhpur.
In 2014, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal managed to win a whopping 73 of Uttar Pradesh's 80 parliamentary seats, while the Samajwadi party managed five seats. The BSP drew a blank.