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SP-BSP tie-up in UP puts question mark on grand alliance: Sena

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The pre-poll tie up of the SP and the BSP in has put a question mark on the "mahagathbandhan" or grand alliance envisaged by the Congress, the said Saturday.

Taking potshots at the formal alliance announcement of the SP and BSP for Lok Sabha polls, Sena Manisha Kayande said both parties are ideologically opposite and none was people oriented.

"This alliance is not a people oriented alliance. The only aim is to keep right wing parties away. People know both parties have in the past bitterly opposed each other and their coming together now is purely for electoral purposes without a definite development agenda," Kayande told

She further said the alliance has dealt the first "blow" to the Congress's vision of a grand alliance.

"This alliance has surely put a question mark and made the fate of 'mahagathbandhan' uncertain. Only the future will tell if (Sharad) Pawar and (president) are able to do something for themselves before the elections," she said.

NCP Dhananjay Munde, meanwhile, claimed the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against the BJP and would be the "second freedom struggle".

"For this, all secular parties will have to come together and act responsibly. The SP-BSP-and all other like minded parties have to come together to safeguard our Constitution and democracy," the of Opposition in Legislative Council said.

Once-arch rivals, the and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Saturday announced their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 LS seats each and keeping the out of the alliance.

The parties, however, said they would not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress and respectively. The SP-BSP also left two seats, out of 80, for smaller allies.

Meanwhile, Congress Sachin Sawant said the alliance of SP-BSP was a state specific issue.

"However, in Maharashtra, we will ensure proper discussions take place and a consensus is arrived at for an alliance of like minded parties," Sawant said.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 20:15 IST