Akhilesh Yadav To Meet Chandrashekhar Azad Today; Alliance Talks In Final Stage: Sources

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) and BHIM Army are also likely to form an alliance in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. BHIM Army President Chandrashekhar Azad reached the Samajwadi Party (SP) office on Friday and met Akhilesh Yadav. According to sources, talks have been going on in the BHIM Army and SP for the past few days on alliance and seat sharing.

It may be recalled that BHIM Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad had already said that his party has decided that it should come down with an alliance in the UP elections. On the other hand, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has already said that he will take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the UP elections by joining smaller parties. So far, Akhilesh Yadav, Suheldev have formed alliances with Bharatiya Samaj Party (SUBHASP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Janavadi Party (Socialist), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Apna Dal (Kamerawadi), Progressive Samajwadi Party (Lohia) (PSP), Mahan Dal, TMC.

If Chandrashekhar also joins hands with Akhilesh Yadav after Jayant Chaudhary of RLD, a strong dalit-Muslim-Jat combination in western UP can benefit the SP alliance. Jats may be 4 per cent across UP, but they constitute about 20 per cent of the population in western UP. On the other hand, Muslims are between 30 and 40 per cent and the Dalit community is also more than 25 per cent. In such a situation, the alliance with Chandrashekhar can benefit the SP.

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