BSP ends SP alliance

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Tuesday said her party is  dumping the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) comprising BSP and the Samajwadi Party. The alliance was announced on January 12, 2019, in the run up to the general elections and was touted as a formidable challenger to counter the rollicking election machinery of BJP in UP, which elects 80 Lok Sabha members, and is key to government formation at the Centre. BSP will face by-election to 11 seats in UP alone.