The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday (January 12) announced a major decision and said the two will form an alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Addressing a joint press conference in Lucknow, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati said the two parties have decided to join hands and will contest on equal number of Lol Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. The SP and the BSP have decided to exclude Congress from their pre-poll alliance.
Uttar Pradesh has a total of 80 Lok Sabha seats. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have decided that they will field candidates on 76 seats.
Each will contest on 38 seats.The remaining four seats have been left for the Congress and others.
The SP and the BSP have decided that they will not field any candidate to oppose Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in their respective Lok Sabha seats. Rahul Gandhi is a Lok Sabha MP from Amethi and Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli.