Lucknow: Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday slammed the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress and said SP was capable enough to contest and win elections alone and there was no need for the alliance.
The face of the alliance is his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The SP patriarch further said that he will not go anywhere to campaign for the SP-Congress alliance.
“I will not go anywhere to campaign for this (SP-Congress) alliance,” Mulayam Singh Yadav told ANI.
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday predicted more than 300 seats in the assembly election to the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance which Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi linked to the “Ganga-Yamuna milan”.
Addressing a joint press conference with Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav said people of Uttar Pradesh had made up their mind and were backing the newly-formed alliance to the hilt.
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When asked why he had tied up with Congress if his claims of work done in his five-year tenure were true, the 43-year-old Chief Minister said the new alliance was needed to “take ahead the good work”.
“We were and are sure of crossing the majority mark on our own. But now with the ‘hand’ joining the ‘cycle’, we are confident of crossing the 300 seats mark,” he added.
Showing his faith in the grand alliance, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress and Samajwadi Party were akin to the two wheels of a cycle which was moving ahead in complete harmony.
The Congress leader endorsed Akhilesh Yadav’s prediction of winning over 300 of the 403 seats and said the two parties would now on work together to defeat communal forces and the “politics of anger”.
Later, Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav took out a joint road show in Lucknow.
(With inputs from IANS)
First Published | 29 January 2017 9:19 PM