With Zadaphia getting the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh, many see it as the political resurrection of a former VHP leader who had quit the BJP after being sidelined by the party following the 2002 riots.
Pandey's remarks assume significance in light of the recent statement by Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav that an alliance between his party and the BSP for the Lok Sabha polls was very much alive.
The SP has been circulating photographs of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav laying the foundation stone on December 22, 2016. Meanwhile, UP Minister for Infrastructure and Industries, Satish Mahana, called the 2016 stone-laying ceremony fraudulent.
"The SP and the BSP will perish by fighting each other. This electoral understanding is not based on issues, and any electoral understanding deprived of any issue is not long lasting," Swami Prasad Maurya told reporters in Balia.
According to the Election Commission, tenures of 13 MLCs, including SP national president Akhilesh Yadav, and two ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government -- Mahendra Kumar Singh and Mohsin Raza -- will end on May 5.