NH has learned that RLD was demanding 45 seats but SP was ready to give only 25. But after the Tuesday meeting, both leaders decided to settle on around 35 seats.
Sources said there is a possibility that five or six SP candidates will contest on the RLD’s symbol in western UP.
In the backdrop of the ongoing farmers’ protest, SP and RLD coming together assume significance as the alliance will stop the division of anti-BJP votes and will bring the two most powerful communities Jats and Muslims together in the Western UP.
After the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, division among two communities deepened, resulting in extreme polarization.
It is worth mentioning here that the BJP won 71 assembly seats across 14 districts in Western UP, in which Jats play an important role. The SP had won 16 seats, the Congress two while the BSP and RLD had won one each.
There are 120 seats in Western UP where the Jat-Muslim combination will have an impact on the result of the poll.