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Decimated at the 2017 Assembly election and bitter rivals, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party may be wary of joining hands in Uttar Prdaesh but were likely to come on one platform in distant Karnataka.
The BSP announced to contest the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections in alliance with former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (secular). Deve Gowda has now invited Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav to join the alliance and campaign for Assembly elections.
Mulayam Singh was the Defence minister in Deve Gowda-led United Front government at the Centre in 1996. Samawjadi Party sources said that party chief Akhilesh Yadav will also campaign for JD(S) in Karnataka Assembly poll. The BSP and the JD (S) have already announced that they are entering into an alliance to contest Karnataka Assembly poll which is likely to continue till 2019 Lok Sabha poll as well. As per the understanding, the BSP will be contesting from eight reserved and 12 general Assembly seats spread across 14 districts of Karnataka.
In 2013 Assembly elections, the JD(S) won just 40 of the 224 seats and a tie-up with the BSP and Left parties could help it secure a few more in constituencies where it came a close second. In 2013, the BSP contested 175 seats, winning none and accounting for less than one percent of voteshare.
SP sources said that former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, who has forged an alliance with BSP chief Mayawati with an eye on Dalit votes in the state, is working overtime to woo backward communities and minorities ahead of the Assembly poll.
JD(S) national president has held several rounds of parleys with Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav to campaign for the party.
SP sources said that the alliance with JD(S) fulfils the long held aspirations of SP to emerge as an all India party. They said that a poll understanding in Karnataka with JD(S) will boost the efforts to consolidate the huge OBC votebase in the southern state.
If the SP- JD(S) link-up happens, it is bound to eat into votes of Congress in Karnataka, which is locked in a tough battle with a resurgent BJP in Karnataka.
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