“Forget past differences and ensure victory of all joint candidates of the SP and the BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift,” Mayawati said at a press conference on the her 63rd birthday.
The SP and the BSP have decided on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal under which each party will contest 38 seats. Both parties will leave two seats for the smaller parties.
Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats.
The parties, however, will not contest in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively.
The ‘gathbandhan’ has kept the Congress out of the alliance.