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If need be, SP will sacrifice some seats for BSP: Akhilesh

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

said today his party was willing to sacrifice some seats for once bitter arch-rival, the BSP, as it was prepared to walk the extra mile to defeat the

"If there is a need to sacrifice a few seats for the BSP, we Samajwadis will not hesitate. We have to ensure the is defeated," Yadav said in Mainpuri.

He asserted the understanding between the SP and the BSP will continue till 2019.

The former minister's statement ahead of the elections next year assumes significance as the understanding between the two regional outfits has ensured BJP's defeat in four bypolls in the state this year.

Among the seats the lost was the seat of Gorakhpur, considered to be Yogi Adityanath bastion. The ruling saffron party was also humbled in Phulpur and Kairana seats besides the seat recently due to coming together of the opposition parties including the RLD.

has made clear her party would be a part of the opposition alliance only if given a respectable number of seats in the pre-election pact.

Yadav, meanwhile, also claimed the SP-BSP bonhomie was troubling the BJP.

"Now the BJP's worry is that how both (SP and BSP) will accomplish this task (of defeating the ruling party). They will see how our workers stand by them (BSP) and support them to demolish the BJP," he said at an event late evening yesterday while expressing confidence the understanding between the two parties would last till 2019.

Reacting to the SP chief's statement, the BJP said even if Yadav surrenders (before the BSP), he will not succeed.

"Even if surrenders before anyone and makes utmost efforts, he will face hardships in UP," BJP said in a statement.

He said the BJP will once again emerge victorious in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under

said it was too early to comment.

Earlier, senior UP had remarked that the friendship between SP and BSP will not last long and end before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"The SP and the BSP will perish fighting each other. This electoral understanding is not based on issues and any electoral understanding sans any issue is not going to last long," he had told reporters in Ballia yesterday.

However, today hit out at Maurya claiming his statement reflected "frustration over the BJP's continuous defeats in bye-elections in the state".

Reacting to Maurya's comments, SP said the remarks smacked of nervousness in the saffron party.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:20 IST