The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had earlier contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls together but later parted ways.
Bahujan Samaj Party founder and Dalit reformer late Kanshi Ram’s personal secretary Puran Singh and nephew Balvinder Singh joined Aam Aadmi Party with their supporters on Monday.
BSP's Sanjeev Singh Kushwaha (from Bhind), SP's Rajesh Kumar Shukla (from Bijawar seat) and independent MLA Vikram Singh Rana (from Susner) joined the BJP.
The BSP chief, however, made it clear that she would field a candidate in Azamgarh.
The BSP chief said that the BJP and its allies are trying to divert attention from real issues including inflation, poverty and unemployment by centralizing attention on religious places.
The BSP chief charged the Congress with trying every trick up its sleeves to weaken the movement for the downtrodden and deprived started by Dr BR Ambedkar and BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
Gandhi also said that he would not have been able to speak up against the government had he taken any money and alleged that the CBI and the ED control the political system.
Her statement came in the wake of petrol and diesel prices being raised by Rs 10 a litre in 16 days.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which faced a rout in Uttar Pradesh, maintained that the party lost the elections because of the forces controlling Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
The outfit formed to represent Bahujans — Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes — has shrunk to just one seat in the 403-member House in the state.
No wonder then that the parties breached all barriers in holding a two-month-long high-octane campaign across 75 districts to woo voters outside the ambit of their clout and respective caste bases.
Addressing a series of meetings in the poll-bound state, he said the opposition parties are spreading hatred among communities to increase their votebank.
At several places, young members of the community criticise the BJP for a lack of employment opportunities, showing an inclination towards Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh are being held in seven phases and the fourth is on February 23.
Subdued campaign confuses supporters who may vote for rivals