Lucknow: In Uttar Pradesh, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are together fighting a pitched battle against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the mahagathbandhan has launched a tirade against the Congress.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra had said in an interview that, among her party’s candidates, the stronger ones would win while the weaker ones would harm the BJP by eating into its votes and spare the SP-BSP-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance candidates. SP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today rubbished Priyanka’s theory.
Akhilesh Yadav said that he did not think that Congress has fielded any weak candidate; no party does this. “People are not with the Congress,” he said. Akhilesh alleged that there was no difference between the BJP and the Congress.
Priyanka Vadra had said the Congress was fighting with all its might in Uttar Pradesh and claimed that the defeat of the BJP was certain. She said that her party had fielded candidates who were either defeating the BJP or eroding away BJP’s votes. Priyanka was clearly trying to assure the mahagathbandhan of no harm.
‘It’s Congress that taught BJP how to misuse agencies’
Yadav said that the Congress wanted to benefit the BJP. Congress, he said, had taught the BJP how to misuse government institutions. If the BJP has learnt to use the ED, CBI and other agencies against their political rivals, the Congress is responsible for that.
Yadav described Rahul Gandhi’s allegation as baseless too, where the Congress president had said that the BJP was controlling the SP-BSP. Akhilesh said nobody could control the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, as “we are the three parties that are fighting against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh”.
‘Who will be PM?’
On the question, whether SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav would be their prime ministerial candidate, Akhilesh said, “Our alliance wants that the country should get a new prime minister. The number of seats the parties have would decide who the prime minister would be.”
Akhilesh said that it would be a matter of joy for him if “Netaji” (his father Mulayam) became the prime minister, “but this is in the realm of possibilities”.
Before the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, an effort was made for a Congress-SP-BSP-RLD alliance, but the proposed alliance did not work out as the SP and BSP did not believe the Congress had a winning potential in their State. As a result, they offered very few seats to the Congress, which rejected the proposal, finding it below its dignity. The Congress then decided to fight all the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
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