Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav earlier today declared that Samajwadi Party will not merge with Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal (QDE).
With UP elections on the table and time running out, there were allegations that Samajwadi Party is going to join hands with Quami Ekta Dal to enhance its vote bank in the coming elections. A week earlier one of the eminent members of SP and Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Shivpal Yadav announced the merger and the decision was also backed by the Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Quami Ekta Dal which is headed by gangster-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari has a strong hold in eastern UP and is said to have the majority of Muslim votes in their favour. Mukhtar Ansari who was convicted for murdering a rival political leader has been in several controversies ever since, and this stained image of the QDE leader raised a lot of criticism from other rival parties to this merger of SP and QDE.
Earlier today, Akhilesh Yadav denied any collaboration with QDE and said, "Mukhtar Ansari will not be welcome in the party. We don't want such people in the party.”
Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav also said that the Samajwadi Party has done a lot for Uttar Pradesh and that the party does not seek any extra support.