Samajwadi Party Supremo Akhilesh Yadav said on Congress and SP alliance that he hasn’t decided anything on the alliance yet as it first needs to resolve the alliance of Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party first.
"We can give the Congress two seats in Uttar Pradesh they have always held," said Akhilesh Yadav in an interview given to NDTV. After the wave of BJP, Congress is only able to hold its family seats in Amethi and Rae Bareli.
Yadav is not happy with the Congress as it didn’t give SP candidates any ministerial seat in Madhya Pradesh, where Congress recently successfully made its Government. “Our [BSP and SP] coming together has not only created fear in the BJP but also in the Congress,” said Yadav hinting that not everything is going right in the way of making ‘Grand Alliance’.
“Last time we had come together in the Lok Sabha bye-elections and BJP had lost the seats [earlier held by] Chief Minister Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. How did Samajwadi Party win Gorakhpur, which was (Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath's seat? We understood the ground realities and joined hands with the Nishad party. In Kairana, we worked with the Rashtriya Lok Dal,” said Yadav on the recently won seats in Uttar Pradesh where SP defeated Adityanath in his town Gorakhpur.
Yadav is expected today to make the announcement on making an alliance with BSP chief Mayawati in a press conference.
Yadav emphasised on the fact that making alliance is necessary not just to win in a state but to make government in the centre. “The road to Delhi goes through Uttar Pradesh. BJP took along many parties to come to power. The result of it was that the BJP got 73 MPs from UP. And if they had not got those 73, it’s quite possible they would not have come to power (in 2014) and that shows the importance of bringing parties together,” added Akhilesh Yadav.
“Both SP and BSP are political parties, natural to have different ideologies and fight against each other. We have not thought about who will be the senior or junior partner. I have said this in the past, even if I have to take two steps back, I am willing to do so for the alliance. The situation right now is that we have to unite to fight the BJP” cleared Yadav when asked about the kind of deal made between SP and BSP to make the alliance.
On the other hand, Congress leaders, instead of putting efforts in breaking the ice between the Samajwadi Party and Indian National Congress, are making statements that even worsen the situation. Congress Uttar Pradesh state spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi Saturday warned both of the parties; Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party, of consequences if Congress is not included in the coalition.
"The objective of all such parties including the SP and the BSP is similar and clear -- to try and eliminate this kind of autocratic and absolute mis-governance, to remove such people from the electoral map. Every such party has the responsibility to synergise and ensure the efficiency of that outcome. Each of such parties has the obligation to do so. Those who do not do it will be blamed by the public," said Manu Singhvi to reporters.