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SP-BSP not 'friends' in Karnataka

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

indeed makes strange as two non-BJP parties - the SP and the BSP - that halted the saffron party's in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, are no more 'friends' in and going separately there.

The two parties had recently joined hands in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls to ensure defeat of BJP candidates at Yogi Adityanath's home turf Gorakhpur, and Phulpur represented by deputy

But when it came to contesting Assembly polls, the two parties decided to go solo.

The SP and the BSP had also contested the recent Gujarat Assembly polls separately. In the UP civic polls too these two parties had contested separately.

Similarly, during the 2017 Assembly elections, the SP and the had formed an electoral alliance.

But, the tie up appeared to have withered away during other elections that followed the Assembly polls, especially civic body polls, followed by by-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats and Rajya Sabha and biennial elections.

"Our tie-up was only for the UP Lok Sabha by polls for Gorakhpur and Phulpur. Nothing has been finalised yet for an understanding in other states. We Samajwadis, however, want all secular forces to unite..", said.

BSP supremo Mayawati, whose party has entered into a pact with former prime miniser HD Deve Gowda's JD(S), has already started working in the state and had held rallies in Mysuru and Chitradurga and will be holding rallies in Belagavi and Bidar on May 5-6 respectively.

The BSP is contesting on 20 seats in and is hoping to open an account there with the JD(S) support.

While Akhilesh Yadav, who was scheduled to address rallies in favour of party candidates in Karnataka is still in dilemma.

"Nothing has yet been finalised. He (Akhilesh) might not campaign in Karnataka," Chowdhury said.

told PTI that party is contesting on 27 seats in the state claiming that "party would get success in polls".

When asked about the party's campaigning strategy for polls, Mathews said all party leaders will be campaigning here.

"All top leaders will be campaigning here in support of party candidates" he said exuding confidence that 'will be surely coming for their support.

UP Adityanath will be seen in action addressing as many as 35 rallies and road shows the saffron party has organised for him as the Nath sect, to which he belongs, wields considerable clout in coastal Karnataka, BJP sources said.

Polling will be held in a single phase on May 12 for all the 224-Assembly seats in Congress-ruled state, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 15 for Scheduled Tribes.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 29 2018. 14:10 IST