Considered arch rivals of the Uttar Pradesh politics, the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have finally decided it seems to join forces.
The alliance, though not announced, is in the context of upcoming Gorakhpur and Phulpur by-polls.
It need be mentioned that two parties would need to contest the ruling BJP and its Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his home turf Gorakhpur.
BSP leader Ghanshyam Kharwar today confirmed that his party will support Samajwadi Party in the bypolls.
While Akhilesh Yadav is yet to make an announcement, the SP spokesperson Pankhuri Pathak has indicated collaboration between the arch rivals.
Bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies vacated by Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya will be held on March 11.
The ruling BJP, which won over 300 seats in the 403-member UP assembly last year, expects a walkover.
The SP and BSP had earlier contested the 1993 UP assembly elections together to halt the rise of the BJP.