The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Sunday released a list of 16 more Lok Sabha Elections candidates from Uttar Pradesh. The Lok Sabha seats for which candidates have been declared are Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Jaunpur, Basti, etc
The BSP is fighting the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh within an alliance with its former regional rival the Samajwadi Party and Ajit Singhâ€™s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). As per their seat-sharing arrangement, Mayawatiâ€™s BSP has got 38 seats. With this list, the party has declared names of candidates for all the seats,
While Chandrabadhra Singh is the partyâ€™s candidate from Sultanpur, Ashok Kumar Tripathi and Ritesh Pandey have been named from Pratapgarh and Ambedkarnagar, respectively. Ramshiromani Verma has been named as BSPâ€™s candidate from Sravasti and Aftab Alam will contest from Dumariyaganj on the symbol of BSP.
Other names in the list are Ramprasad Chowdhary from Basti, Bhim Shankar alias Kushal Tiwari from Santkabirnagar, Binod Kumar Jaiswal from Deoria, Sadal Prasad from Bansgaon, Sangeeta from Lalganj, Atul Rai from Ghosi, RS Kushwaha from Salempur, Shyam Singh Yadav from Jaunpur, T Ram from Machlishahar, Afjaal Ansari from Ghazipur and Rangnath Mishra from Badhoi.
Meanwhile, BSP chief Mayawati said the BJP would neither get the votes of Ali nor Bajrang Bali in the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a joint rally of the BSP-SP-RLD alliance in favour of SP nominee Dharmendra Yadav, Mayawati said: "In the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi's party will neither get the votes of Ali nor Bajrang Bali, who is associated with my caste."
â€œIt is not me who has invented the caste of Bajrang Bali, but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who has said that Bajrang Bali was a 'vanvasi' and a Dalit," the BSP chief said.
The BSP president, who was addressing the second joint rally of the alliance said before speaking about the Lok Sabha election, she wanted to draw the attention of the people towards a recent statement by Adityanath in which he had said that if Ali was with the BSP-SP-RLD combine, Bajrang Bali was with the BJP.