The pre-poll alliance between the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh is going to pose a serious challenge to the ruling BJP. The combination of caste factors between Yadavs, Muslims and Dalits is going to make the alliance a formidable change, though BJP president Amit Shah said on Friday that in politics, chemistry matters more than mathematics.
SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav knows that his party on its own cannot achieve electoral success without the help of BSP. He is therefore ready to accept all the demands made by BSP leader Mayawati. It was on the insistence of the latter that Akhilesh Yadav agreed to keep the Congress out of the alliance.
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Mayawati's BSP had not won a single seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and yet Akhilesh has agreed to give 37 seats to the BSP. You can call it a strategy mixed with politics. If he had not done that, the forging of the alliance would not have been possible.
The BJP leadership understands the enormity of this challenge in UP, but in order to keep the morale of its workers high, its leaders have been saying that the alliance would turn out to be as hollow as the one Akhilesh had forged with Rahul Gandhi during the assembly elections. Time will tell.
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