Lucknow, Jan 15: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo chief Mayawati on Tuesday said that the alliance of the BSP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming general elections was giving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “sleepless nights”.
“This year my birthday has come at a time when the Lok Sabha elections are very near. And keeping the elections in mind, my party has formed an alliance with the SP which is giving sleepless nights to the BJP and also others,” she told the media as she turned 63.
On January 12, Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav made the anoucement that both the parties will contest 38 Lok Sabha seats each in Uttar Pradesh of the total 80.
The SP and BSP won’t put up candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the constituencies of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The BSP chief also stated it was Uttar Pradesh which decides which party will rule at the Centre.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP clinched 71 seats while an ally bagged two more.
Urging to party workers to vote for the alliance, Mayawati said “To make this alliance a success, I appeal to all the workers of SP and BSP to forget the past differences and work for the victory of both parties’ candidates. This would be the biggest gift on my birthday.”
Attacking both the Central and the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP Supremo said the BJP had lost
On her birth anniversary, Mayawati released the 14th edition of her “Blue Book”, which details her struggles as the BSP leader.
“We have always worked for the poor and the down trodden. The government should give 100% farm loan waiver else farmer suicides will continue. A strong farm loan waiver policy should be made”, she said at the event.