After his meeting with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday, the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav told the media that the BSP and SP will be holding joint rallies in the state for the Lok Sabha elections.

Asked what happened at the meeting on Wednesday, Yadav stated that the leaders had met to discuss ‘poll strategy’ pertaining to meetings and rallies.

In the backdrop of a pre-poll alliance between the SP and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh, the two parties have already settled on a seat-sharing equation. While the SP will field 37 candidates, the BSP will contest in 38 other seats. The three seats of Mathura, Muzaffarpur and Bagpat have been given to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) while no candidates were fielded from Rae Bareli and Amethi as these have been traditionally contested (and won) by the Congress.

With the dates of the Lok Sabha polls announced, the SP and BSP have named some candidates. He added that it was ‘time to reach out to the people’.

Criticising the current dispensation for having failed the people, Akhilesh Yadav asked of chief minister Yogi Adityanath – “Where are the laptops he was supposed to give? Where are jobs? And where is the share of farmers?”

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