Lucknow, Mar 19: After snubbed by Congress and other secular parties, Pragatsheel Samajwadi Party Lohia( PSPL) led by former Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, on Tuesday joined hands with Dr Ayub's Peace Party and Rashtriya Krantkari Samajwadi Party of Gopal Rai for the Lok Sabha polls.
Though the parties have not decided the number of seats to be contested by them in the alliance, but the leaders hoped that it will be sorted out very soon. But all the three parties said that their motto is the same that aims to defeat the BJP.
PSPL president Shivpal Singh Yadav while talking to media persons during the announcement of the alliance, said ," farmers, youths and minorities have been ditched by the BJP and it is a high time that the country get rid of BJP."
" I had tried my best to ally with Samajwadi party, Bahujan Samaj Party and even with Congress but talks were not successful," he said.
He said senior Muslim cleric Maulana Tauquir Raza Khan along with several other maulanas have expressed their support to his party and have joined the alliance.
" I am trying my best for setting up a secular morcha to fight against the BJP and several of them have joined the alliance," Shivpal said while claiming that this morcha would be successful in removing the BJP from the country.
Mr Yadav said that very soon the leaders will sit and talk about the seat sharing formula. He also said that if his Mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav says anything then it would be the final decision." I have never disobeyed Netaji and will follow his instructions in future too," he said.
Dr Ayub of the Peace Party said that smaller parties are seeking participation in the morcha rather than giving their support." But it is unfortunate that some secular parties are creating confusion which is weakening the morcha," he said without taking any names.
"We have joined hands to prevent BJP from retaining the power at the Centre as it was spreading hatred on the name of religion. Several smaller parties have joined us and more to join soon," he further claimed. (UNI)