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SP to support one BSP candidate in UP Legislative Council polls

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Taking their new found friendship ahead, today decided to extend support to the on seat during upcoming polls while fielding its candidate on the other seat.

'The will field its candidate on one seat while extending support to the on the other seat for the Legislative Council," told

The election to 13 seats of the Council will be held on April 26 and counting of votes will take place the same day.

To ensure victory, a candidate needs 29 first preference votes and arithmetically, the BJP and its allies are likely to win 11 out of 13 seats comfortably and still be left with five additional votes while the opposition parties can get two seats.

In the 100-member UP Legislative Council, the BJP has just 13 members. The has 61 members, the nine, the two, the RLD one and others 12.

Asked whether this decision was taken to compensate for the BSP support in the recent Lok Sabha by-polls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur which the SP wrested from BJP, Chaudhary said "despite all efforts by our party, BSP could not win the Rajya Sabha election because of BJP's gimmicks ..SP wants that one candidate of the BSP reaches the "

The SP-BSP combine struck gold in the 'saffron' --- associated with and Phulpur -- earlier represented by his deputy in the bypolls.

The tenures of 13 MLCs, including and two ministers in the government -- and -- will end on May 5.

Of the 13 seats falling vacant, seven were held by the SP, two each by the BJP and the BSP, and one by the RLD. The thirteenth seat was held by former SP His seat fell vacant when he switched over from the SP to the BSP.

Though the BJP and its allies have 324 MLAs in the 403-member state Assembly, it may not get the required strength in the to get the bills passed even after winning 11 of the 13 seats.

During the winter session of the last year, the had failed to ensure the passage of the Control of Organised Crime (UPCOC) Bill in the

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:55 IST