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Mayawati inks poll pacts in Telugu states

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati has stitched alliance with actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan led Jana Sena Party in Telangana for Lok Sabha and Andhra Pradesh for common in addition to meeting elections.

Announcing the alliance at a press conference in Lucknow on Friday with BSP leader, Kalyan said, "We would like to see Mayawati as the prime minister of country. This is our wish and ardent desire...We will make sure...that our wishes get fulfilled in the days to come." In reaction, Mayawati smiled and said, "I want Pawan Kalyan to become Andhra Pradesh chief minister."

Kalyan is younger brother of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi. BSP will contest three Lok Sabha seats and 21 meeting seats in Andhra Pradesh and is prone to field candidates from three to four seats in Telangana.

Mayawati said, "BSP, Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena Party and some communist parties will contest elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as alliance partners."

Till now, Mayawati has stitched alliances in seven states. Informed resources in Samajwadi Party, with whom BSP is contesting elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh, said that the two events had been prone to align in Maharashtra as smartly.

While a formal announcement is predicted via the end of this week, resources indicated that SP would contest four seats whilst BSP would field its candidates on the entire closing seats.

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