LUCKNOW , May 27 -- The Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) had joined hands before the Lok Sabha polls in the hope that their combined vote share would enable them to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The election results, however, proved otherwise as the alliance's vote share declined in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies. In 15 constituencies, the decline was by over 10%.

The SP-BSP-RLD contested on 78 Lok Sabha seats barring Amethi and Rae Bareli.

According to the 2014 Lok Sabha poll stats, if the SP-BSP had contested in an alliance five years ago, they would have got the better of the BJP on 41 seats.

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