NEW DELHI: The coming together of two arch-rivals - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) - is not based on issues, claimed a Uttar Pradesh minister on Sunday. Minister Swami Prasad Maurya further said that BSP chief Mayawati and SP's Akhilesh Yadav will soon finish off with fighting among themselves.
"Bua and Babua (Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav) will finish off with fighting among themselves. This isn't an alliance based on issues. An issue-less alliance never works. They will finish off before the election (2019) comes," said UP Minister Swami Prasad Maurya.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is, however, confident of the coalition and agreed to compromise with the number of seats belonging to his party. "Our alliance with BSP will continue, in 2019 even if we have to give up a few seats we will do it. We have to ensure BJP is defeated: Akhilesh Yadav,SP
The coalition is said to pose a big challenge for the ruling government at the Centre in the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Last month, BJP chief Amit Shah also acknowledged that the BSP-SP alliance will be a challenge for his party in the 2019 elections. He, however, asserted that the BJP will defeat the Congress either in Amethi or Rae Bareli.
Shah made these remarks while referring to questions pertaining to the fourth anniversary of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
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