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You can’t sit with us: SP and BSP desert Congress, rule out pact

After Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has ruled out possibility of alliance with the Congress party in the upcoming assembly polls. The former UP CM said that his party will be speaking to BSP and Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) for tie up ahead of the crucial polls.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, SP chief said: “We have waited too long for a response from Congress for alliance in Madhya Pradesh. How much longer should we wait? Now, we will be speaking to BSP. In Chhattisgarh, our party is already in talks with GGP and we will also be approaching Mayawati’s party.”

Earlier, BSP chief Mayawati had blamed the Congress for not putting up a united fight against the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. She had singled out senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh holding him responsible for her decision to contest assembly election alone in Madhya Pradesh. The BSP supremo also accused the Congress of being casteist and decided not to ally in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“We will contest the Assembly polls on its own or in alliance with a regional party. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wanted an alliance but some selfish senior leaders in their party were out to foil any understanding,” the Bahujan Samaj Party chief said. Her party has already formed an alliance with Ajit Jogi’s party in Chhattisgarh.

Speaking to India Today TV, Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh said, “All opposition parties will unite against BJP in the upcoming general elections and this is our aim. In the upcoming assembly polls, we will go between people with issues like rising corruption, Vyapam scam, farmer woes and fake promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party.”

Taking a jibe at the possibility of grand alliance ahead of 2019 polls, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “During the 2017 assembly polls, Akhilesh formed an alliance with Rahul Gandhiand both were projecting themselves as ‘UP ke ladke’. “We are saying from the very beginning that the mahagathban is not going to happen. These parties are visionless and are only hungry for power.”

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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