Making SP-BSP alliance official, BSP chief Mayawati today said that both the parties have decided to come together to defeat the communal forces like BJP in Uttar Pradesh. "We (BSP-SP) have decided to contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections together, this will lead to a new political revolution in the country," Mayawati said in a joint press conference today in Lucknow, in presence of Samajwadi Party president chief Akhilesh Yadav. Congress has been left out of the alliance. Talking about the reasons behind leaving the Grand Old Party out of the alliance, Mayawati said: "Be it BJP or Congress, whoever rules, their policies are mostly the same. For example, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption in defence deals. Congress imposed declared emergency, today there is undeclared emergency."
The top leadership of the SP and the BSP recently met in Delhi to discuss the broad parameters of an alliance to take on the BJP in the upcoming parliamentary elections just months away. Meanwhile, Congress is reportedly working on plan B to focus on 25-odd Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. The party believes that it has a good chance of winning 25-odd seats and it would like to focus on those seats alone, sources within the Congress told ET. As for the rest of the seats, the Congress is willing to engage in a friendly fight with the BSP-SP alliance; it may put up some candidates after consulting the BSP and SP so that it can help them win. The party may not campaign aggressively on those seats.