New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party announced an alliance and divided 37 and 38 Lok Sabha seats respectively among themselves in Uttar Pradesh recently. However, all is not well in the alliance as both the parties are facing an exodus of senior members who fear they would be denied tickets following the seat-sharing move.
Media reports say, senior leaders from both the parties are finding it difficult to be accommodated in the agreement of the two parties and the Rashtriya Lok Dal. As a result, number of them are exploring opportunities with the Congress, the BJP and Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party.
Recently, SP leader and former MP Rakesh Sachan joined Congress on March 2 and said, in a conversation with Economic Times, “I was told by Akhilesh Yadav to prepare for elections from Fatehpur Sikri seat and I had been campaigning for the past one year … In the alliance, the seat has been given to the BSP”.
Similarly, SP leader Braj Kishor Singh is said to be in talks with BJP after the Basti Lok Sabha seat was allotted to BSP.
An exodus is happening in BSP too. Kaisar Jahan, a former BSP MP from Sitapur, joined Congress. Jalaun MP Ghanshyam Anuragi is also looking for options outside the BSP, after BSP named MLA Ajay Ahirwar Pankaj as its candidate.
BSP is likely to announce Manoj Soni as its candidate in Agra, as Hathras has gone to SP, but a number of BSP senior leaders have revolted against the party for the decision.