A few days before the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party President (BSP), Mayawati had announced their electoral alliance in Lucknow. This alliance was termed as a long-term contender and a potential winner! But a few days after the election results were declared, Mayawati announced in Delhi that the BSP is withdrawing from the alliance. She also declared that the BSP will be contesting the by-elections alone. Senior journalist Urmilesh discusses the possible reasons behind this breakup.