After a failed collaboration with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday ruled out any coalition for the Uttar Pradesh elections scheduled next year. He asserted that SP will fight the polls with like-minded smaller parties.
Yadav claimed that the people of UP will route the BJP and Yogi Adityanath out of power as they want change. The 47-year-old SP chief also blamed the BJP-led state government under the chief ministership of Yogi Adityanath for corruption, lack of development and oppression.
‘Not a good experience’
He also urged people to support his party if they wish to defeat the BJP. He also said that his experience with big parties was not good and therefore, he will not get into an alliance with them.
Ruling out a “Bua-Bhatija” repeat act after his 2019 alliance with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) flopped, Yadav admitted that a few BSP leaders were in touch with him.
On the Congress, he said the party was too weak in UP to beat the BJP. “We did not have a good experience with them in 2017—we gave them over 100 seats but we could not win. The people of UP have rejected the Congress,” said Yadav, sidestepping a question on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mission to rebuild the Congress in the state.
BJP will lose UP
He said the Samajwadi Party was targeting 350 of UP’s 403 seats in the crucial election that is widely seen as a test of voters’ pulse ahead of the 2024 national election, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP will seek re-election and a third straight term in power.
“The BJP is going to lose the upcoming UP elections… they failed the people of UP in the biggest test of their leadership. People were abandoned by the government,” the SP chief said. The BJP would defeat the BJP in UP, he added.
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