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SP-BSP pact leaves Cong in cold

DNMUM429883 | 1/13/2019 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :505 | India

New Delhi: Arch-rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday joined hands to contest Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh together, in a key development for the most politically significant state.
At a joint press conference in Lucknow, the parties announced that they would keep the Congress out of the partnership, contesting 38 seats each. They, however, said they would not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the bastions of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. They also kept two seats for smaller allies.
Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha which houses a total of 543. In the 2014 general elections, the Modi wave had helped the National Democratic Alliance to win 73 s
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