Countdown to 2019, why this matters: Akhilesh Yadav says alliance with BSP is here to stay

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Written by Seema Chishti
| New Delhi |
Updated: March 15, 2018 5:08 am


Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav going back after meeting BSP Supremo Mayawati at her house in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Express photo)

The BJP’s citadel of Gorakhpur has fallen and its reverberations are already being felt far and wide. Its importance was noted by the Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav when he told The Indian Express, “A limited alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in these bypolls no doubt helped. We will continue this alliance for Kairana bypoll and the 2019 Lok Sabha election”.

While the BJP also lost the Lok Sabha bypolls to Phulpur and Araria, it is the loss of Gorakhpur to Samajwadi Party (SP), which was supported by the BSP, that holds the greatest significance.

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