For the first time ever that chiefs of three regional heavyweights — Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal — who have spent the better part of last three decades fighting each other, were sharing stage for a united political campaign. It was 26 years ago when the then SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and the then BSP chief Kanshi Ram came together to defeat BJP at the peak of the Ram Temple movement. But the alliance broke down soon after never to be revived again, until today.
When the SP and BSP announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha election, it took many a political analyst by surprise as the popular opinion was that they would join hands with the Congress, as well, to take on the ruling BJP.
Both former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers have repeated time and again that their ultimate goal is to dethrone the BJP. While this may still be its primary objective, The two parties fear losing supporters from the vote bank they share with the Congress.