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SP-BSP alliance likely to be announced tomorrow; Akhilesh says learnt art of arithmetic from BJP

ANI  |  Kannauj/Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

On the eve of his joint press conference with BSP supremo Mayawati, chief said the BJP, which the alliance intends to take on, has been using poll alliances for poll gains.

"Whatever arithmetic we learnt from the BJP, we will implement it," he said at an event here on Friday.

and BSP have been in talks for weeks with regard to forging of an alliance and a meeting between Yadav and recently had triggered a lot of speculation about seat-sharing being firmed up.

"The has to get its arithmetic right," Yadav said.

To press his point that the alliance between and BSP would be beneficial , he cited the example of by elections held some months back in Gorakphur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP was defeated despite it having been represented by several times.

There was, however, ambiguity over whether the would be a part of the alliance, amid indications that the SP and BSP were not inclined to include the party.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) said his party will also side with the SP-BSP partnership for the upcoming polls.

However, he said there have been no talks of seat-sharing yet.

On whether the would also be a part of the alliance, it will be decided by Akhilesh Yadva and

"We had our meeting with Akhilesh Ji. We are a part of the 'grand alliance', but we haven't discussed seats yet," the said.

Earlier, senior SP leader Prof said: "BSP chief and SP will decide with whom the 'grand alliance' has to be formed in Uttar Pradesh," he said.

"Everyone knows that there is going to be a grand alliance. In Uttar Pradesh, SP and BSP are the most important parties," he added.

On the other hand, Adityanath on Friday took a jibe at the 'grand alliance' being firmed up in Uttar Pradesh, saying it is nothing but an attempt by the two parties to save their own existence.

"The public knows the truth and they will vote accordingly," the told reporters in

Among all the states, has the maximum number of 80 seats out the 543 and plays a crucial role in government formation in the Centre.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:55 IST