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SP-BSP alliance not the last word: P Chidambaram

ANI  |  Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

The alliance between and BSP in for the coming elections is not the last word, former Union and senior P said on Saturday.

hoped that his party could still be a part of the new political alignment in India's politically most crucial state where 80 seats are at stake. In the last in 2014, the had won only two seats-Amethi and

"Perhaps this is not the last word. May be there will be some rethink as the elections approach. A truly broad-based alliance will be formed in If necessary, the party will contest elections on its own strength," told reporters here.

As per the alliance, the and the BSP will contest on 38 seats each, while they will not field their candidate against Congress in Amethi and in They have also kept two seats for the smaller parties.

During the press conference to announce the alliance in on Saturday, Mayawati said that neither the nor the BSP would benefit by allying with the Congress. She also said that there was not much difference between the Congress and the BJP.

"Many a time, we have seen similarities between the Congress and the BJP. For example, in the defence sector, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption (Bofors and Rafale). Congress imposed declared emergency. Today there is an undeclared emergency," she said.

"Most sections of the society including scheduled castes, farmers, and the poor were unhappy with the Congress' rule. Whether the mandate goes to the Congress or the BJP, it is one and the same thing," she said.

Meanwhile, said the SP-BSP alliance in has totally alienated of Mulayam Singh Yadav from the development.

Speaking to ANI in New Delhi, Singh said, "of will always be Mulayam Singh Ji. Now he is totally cut off with this development. On the banners, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, and Akhilesh won't be there together. It will be only Akhilesh and Mayawati-Bua and Babua.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 21:00 IST