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BJP MP Concedes: SP-BSP Alliance Will Cost BJP At Least 30 Seats

Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats

Lucknow, Mar 30 Union minister and chief of NDA ally RPI (A) Ramdas Athawale today said the SP-BSP tie-up in Uttar Pradesh might cost the BJP and its partners 25 to 30 Lok Sabha seats in next year’s general elections.

Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats of which the BJP and its allies had won 73 in the 2014 parliamentary elections. The Congress had won Amethi and Rae Bareli, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) won five seats. After the recent bypolls, SP’s tally in the Lok Sabha went up to seven.

“The SP-BSP may damage the BJP and its allies by winning some 25-30 (Lok Sabha) seats. But, the BJP will get more than 50 seats. However, this will not prevent the BJP-led NDA from returning to power at the Centre after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he told a press conference here.

Continuing with the BJP’s ‘we are not responsible for anything’ stance, he said ‘Atrocities were still being committed on Dalits, but the BJP-led government at the Centre was not responsible for it’.

With inputs from PTI

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