Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today hinted that her party may align with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, according to party sources.
She made this statement after the one-time bitter rivals helped defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary bypolls that were held recently.
The four-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister informed her party legislators that such an alliance was needed to rout the common and bigger adversary, the BJP.
She also warned party members not to get carried away by the propaganda unleashed by the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Whatever negative is being said by the BJP is nothing but its fear of our coming together so stand guard, Mayawati said.
A close aide said that Mayawati has also tried to ease fears that following the defeat of her party candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial polls, the SP-BSP bonhomie will end.
Mayawati noted that that alliance was not for personal or party gains but for the larger goal of vanquishing the evil and cruel Modi sarkar.
Both the SP and BSP have been trying to cement the historic differences that has existed for the past 23 years.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has been thanking Mayawati after the Gorakhpur-Phulpur wins.