Akhilesh Yadav's SP and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party had cut a last-minute deal to face the BJP together in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's home ground Gorakhpur and Phulpur, and finally managed to wrestle the seats away from the BJP.
In exchange, the SP was to help the BSP's Rajya Sabha candidate. Akhilesh Yadav did mostly keep his end of the bargain but it wasn't enough to deliver the seat to the BSP. Mayawati had made her displeasure known, but made it clear she wasn't pulling the plug on her party's new ally just yet.
The two parties have now decided to go solo in Karnataka, where the BJP has deployed its "star campaigners" including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the state from the Congress.
The SP and the BSP had separately contested the Gujarat assembly election in December last year, as also the UP civic elections. Akhilesh Yadav's party had contested the 2017 UP assembly election in an alliance with the Congress.
On whether the Samajwadi Party chief would campaign in Karnataka, Mr Chowdhury said, "Nothing has yet been finalised. He might not campaign in Karnataka."
The SP, on the other hand, is contesting on 27 of the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka. "The party will see success," SP state president Robin Mathews said.
"All top leaders will be campaigning here in support of party candidates," he said, adding he is confident that party chief Akhilesh Yadav would visit the state.
Yogi Adityanath is scheduled to hold 35 rallies in the southern state, especially in coastal Karnataka where the BJP believes it has a strong influence.
With inputs from PTI
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