SP-BSP alliance will be challenge for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Amit Shah
New Delhi: With less than a year left for the 2019 general elections, political parties are getting charged to defeat their opponents.
In a major development, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday admitted that an alliance between Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh will be a challenge for the BJP in 2019.
Amit Shah also asserted that the BJP will defeat the Congress either in Amethi or in Rae Bareli.
"If the BSP and SP contest in alliance, it would be a challenge to us. But we are sure that we will win either one seat: Amethi or Rae Bareli," he told the media in Delhi on the occasion of the completion of four years of the Modi government.
Amit Shah said it did not want to give up its alliance with old time ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra but insisted that the BJP would have no option if the Sena wanted to go alone in the 2019 general elections.
"In 2019, the BJP will fight with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. We don't want to oust them from the NDA. But if they go out, it's their will. We are ready for every situation," the BJP chief said.
Talking about the opposition forming alliance ahead of the 2019 general election, Amit Shah said the parties were aligning with like-minded parties as they feel they may not be able to defeat the NDA in 2019 elections on their own.
"They all fought against us in 2014 too but failed to stop us. They all have their presence in their respective states. Even if they come together they won't be able to defeat us," he said.
Amit Shah said that the BJP would win at least 80 seats in 2019 polls which it could not win in the last election.
"We will win such seats which were not with us in northeast, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and many other places," the party chief said.
Amit Shah also maintained that the Chief Ministers in Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will not be changed.
He said the new BJP President in Rajasthan would be declared after May 26.
(With input from agencies)