Mumbai, June 13 -- It was after more than two decades of fighting each other in Uttar Pradesh that arch rivals Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) had come together to arrest their electoral slide that started in the 2014 parliamentary polls. Add to that the results of the 2017 assembly polls and the decline appeared more steep than ever. But after the 2019 Lok Sabha election results, they are back to their squabbling days, with Mayawati announcing that she will field her own candidates for the upcoming bypolls.

The reason for the break up of the alliance (gathbandhan) is being cited as the inability of the two parties, which champion the cause of the marginalised, to transfer their captive voters to each other. But let's no...