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SP, BSP announce tie-up for Lok Sabha polls sans Congress, to contest 38 seats each in UP

Once-arch rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced Saturday their tie-up in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the alliance. 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. Making the announcement at a joint press conference with SP president Akhilesh Yadav here, BSP chief Mayawati said, This...will rob guru-chela -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah -- of their sleep. I have full confidence that just as our alliance defeated the BJP in the Lok Sabha bypolls, we will crush the saffron party in the general elections, she said, referring to the BJP s defeat in Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana parliamentary bypolls. Reacting to the development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the SP and the BSP .

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