Lucknow: After the historical victory of the Samajwadi party with the support of Bahujan Samaj Party, in bye-polls to Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies of UP, talk of an SP-BSP alliance in the run-up to the 2019 general elections is going rounds.
Analysts have guessed that if SP and BSP will contest 2019 election jointly. BJP may lose at least 50 seats and will get only 33 sets. Even if there will be Modi wave like 2014 elections, still the saffron party will not be able to get more than 37 seats.
An analysis of constituency-wise poll data of the last election held in the state shows that the BJP may lose as many as 50 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh when SP and BSP votes are combined.
During 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led NDA won 73 of 80 Lok Sabha seats where rivals SP and BSP had contested separately. If SP and BSP votes are pooled together they will translate to at least 57 of the 80 seats in the state for the alliance. In contrast, BJP gets only 23.