Do Akhilesh and Mayawati Understand the Theory of Friends with Benefits?

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Do Akhilesh and Mayawati Understand the Theory of Friends with Benefits?

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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ncouraged by the recent bypoll successes, Akhilesh Yadav today sealed the Bua-Bhatija alliance of the BSP and SP parties for the 2019 elections by being the sacrificial lamb. Yadav claimed that he was ready to sacrifice Lok Sabha seats to Mayawati, his party’s long-time rival.

Their alliance is in response to BJP’s growing likeability in the UP voter base, which poses a threat to both Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav’s significance in the state. But, it has caused mixed reactions, with people fearing this union of two very different leaders. It’s what millennials would term as a “friends with benefits” relationship: Two starkly different people coming together for one common goal.

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