Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav addressing media in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav addressing media in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Lucknow: Nishad party, Janvadi Party (S) join SP-BSP-RLD alliance

ANI | Updated: Mar 26, 2019 14:04 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 26 (ANI): Nishad Party and Janvadi Party (Socialist) on Tuesday joined the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Uttar Pradesh in the presence of SP president Akhilesh Yadav.
Addressing a press conference on the occasion, Akhilesh said: "Nishad Party and Janvadi Party (Socialist) are now a part of Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Whenever Samajwadi Party had felt any need during the elections, these two parties and their leaders have always helped us. With their support, our alliance will be further strengthened in the state."
Dr Sanjay Nishad of Nishad Party and Dr Sanjay Chauhan of Janvadi Party (Socialist) were also present during the interaction with the media and both leaders reposed their support for the Uttar Pradesh grand alliance being led by SP-BSP.
Earlier in the day, Janvadi Party (Socialist) and Nishad Party hoardings were spotted at the SP office, alongside hoardings of BSP and RLD, fueling speculations of new alliances being forged in the Uttar Pradesh for upcoming elections.
In March 2018 bye-polls, Sanjay Nishad's son Pravin successfully contested on SP ticket from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.
As per the present electoral arrangement, SP, BSP and RLD are in a seat-sharing alliance in Uttar Pradesh in which SP will contest on 37 seats, BSP on 38 and RLD on three. The alliance has decided not to contest two seats, Rae Bareli and Amethi.
Earlier in February,  Akhilesh had said that many small regional players were part of the SP-BSP alliance and all other parties should come together to oust BJP from power at the Centre in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
“In this alliance which we have with the BSP, you know that even the Congress is also there. We have given three seats to RLD. Nishad Party has also been included because we have jointly contested the elections in the past. Peace Party has also supported us,” said Yadav.
“In the coming days, some parties will support us in the Lok Sabha while some parties will be with us in the Vidhan Sabha elections,” Akhilesh had said.
Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held from April 11 and will go on till May 19 in seven phases. The polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in all seven phases, and counting of votes will take place on May 23.
There are 80 Lok Sabha seats at stake in Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)