The Samajwadi Party(SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) may give a second thought on including Congress in their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The SP-BSP combine is reportedly mulling to concede 10 Lok Sabha seats to Congress, which is an upscale of 8 seats, compared their earlier stance.
The two parties, led by Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, respectively, had earlier offered 3 seats to Rashtriya Lok Dal, keeping 75 between them. They had also stated that their alliance would not contest in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the seats won by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, respectively, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Now the change of heart in SP-BSP combine is attributed to the changed political temperature in the country post Balakot airstrikes. It is widely perceived that the retaliatory but termed as preemptive and non-military airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Balakot would benefit the ruling NDA.
Performance in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state with 80 Lok Sabha seats is considered as crucial to gain power in Delhi.