Video: All eyes on UP as Mayawati-Akhilesh to announce alliance; SP-BSP posters, party flags adorn Lucknow streets

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Jan 12: The joint press conference of SP-BSP is the most awaited event of the day for more reasons than one as it will change the course of direction of the Lok Sabha Polls in 2019. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi posters and party flags are seen in Lucknow. Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati will jointly address the media later today.

 Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, or Bua-Bhatija, as they are fondly called, are a'' set to announce alliance for Lok Sabha poll later today. It remains to be seen who has budged finally. Last time Bua-Bhatija met, the final call on the number of seats was not taken as Mayawati wanted more seats for BSP. On Saturday duo will tell about the final decision. One thing is for sure that to check the Modi-wave, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav need each other. And this jodi, as of now, is going to stay.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati will address a joint press meet in Lucknow on Saturday amid talks of seat sharing for Lok Sabha polls.
   This was announced Friday by SP national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj Party national general secretary SC Misra. 
The top leadership of both the parties met in New Delhi recently to discuss broad parameters of an alliance to take on the BJP unitedly in the Lok Sabha elections. 

Earlier BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav Friday moved closer to finalise the seat-sharing formula ahead of the Lok Sabha polls this year.

Sources in the Samajwadi Party (SP) said Yadav met Mayawati here to discuss the final nitty-gritties of the proposed alliance.

Though there was no official word from both the parties, the sources claimed that two Uttar Pradesh-based political outfits will contest 37 Lok Sabha seats each.

The northern state has 80 Lok Sabha seats.

They added the remaining seats would be left for the Congress, Rashtriya Lok Dal and other smaller parties.

With Agencies