Once fierce rivals, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati today announced an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the national elections that are expected to take place in about three months. The two parties, which were wiped out in the 2014 general election, said they will contest on 38 seats each of the state's 80 Lok Sabha seats, keeping their personal differences aside to end "the monstrous rule" of the BJP. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, on his part, also hinted at supporting the Bahujan Samaj Party leader as the prime ministerial candidate. "Uttar Pradesh has produced numerous prime ministers in the past. You know whom I will support. I will be happy if another prime minister comes from the state," Mr Yadav said, when asked whether he will support Mayawati for PM.