Launching an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the leaders of the saffron party are eager to join the SP-BSP alliance. The leaders of the BJP have given up following the coalition between the two parties, he claimed. Yadav took to Twitter and said the BJP workers are raising slogans of ‘hamara booth hua chaknachoor’ (our booth has been destroyed).
"Not just the top BJP leadership, but also the grassroot workers have given up after the BSP-SP alliance. The booth workers are now saying 'humara booth, hua chaknachoor'. Such disgruntled and depressed BJP leaders and workers are now restless to join BSP-SP for their survival," Yadav said in a tweet.
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The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday announced their coalition in Uttar Pradesh for upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The two parties shared 38 seats each and kept the Congress out of the alliance.
बसपा-सपा में गठबंधन से न केवल भाजपा का शीर्ष नेतृत्व व पूरा संगठन बल्कि कार्यकर्ता भी हिम्मत हार बैठे हैं. अब भाजपा बूथ कार्यकर्ता कह रहे हैं कि ‘मेरा बूथ, हुआ चकनाचूर’. ऐसे निराश-हताश भाजपा नेता-कार्यकर्ता अस्तित्व को बचाने के लिए अब बसपा-सपा में शामिल होने के लिए बेचैन हैं. pic.twitter.com/z9EEB0io4G— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 13, 2019
The parties, however, said they would not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. They also left two seats, out of 80, for smaller allies.
"This will rob 'guru-chela' (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah) of their sleep," BSP chief Mayawati had said as she made the announcement at a joint press conference with Yadav.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also made a similar remark on the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) of the two regional giants.
"It (SP-BSP alliance) is an attempt to save their own existence and nothing else. The public knows the truth and they will vote accordingly," he had said.
Reacting to the development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the SP and the BSP came together for their survival, and not for the country or Uttar Pradesh, and downplayed suggestions that the alliance would have a major impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.