India, Jan. 11 -- Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) chief Mayawati have called a joint press conference in Lucknow on Saturday where they are expected to formally announce their alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

National secretary of SP, Rajendra Chaudhary as well as BSP's, Satish Chandra Mishra issued a statement today about the joint press conference.

"Yes, what else could the joint press conference will be about since the alliance has been in works since March last year," said an SP leader when asked about the event.

The two parties first publically spoke about the alliance in March last year and then experimented with it in three Lok Sabha bypolls and one state assembly bypolls. The BJ...