Wait and see, says Akhilesh
Akhilesh Yadav has said details of a non-BJP alliance in Uttar Pradesh for next year’s general election would soon be before the people.
“The curtain will soon be removed from the sangam (confluence) of thoughts and people for 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” the Samajwadi Party president told journalists here on Sunday.
“Uttar Pradesh mein vicharon ka sangam hoga, logon ka sangam hoga, yah bahut jaldi aapke saamne aa jayega (There will be a confluence of ideologies, a confluence of people in Uttar Pradesh, it will very soon be before you),” he said, when asked about his seat-sharing talks with Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.
Asked if the Congress would also be a partner, Akhilesh said with a smile: “I repeat that it would be a confluence of ideologies and people. I think the answer to your question lies somewhere in my reply.”
Last week, the Samajwadi chief had said the Congress had cleared the way ahead for him in Uttar Pradesh by not including his party’s lone MLA in the Madhya Pradesh government. He had also disagreed with DMK leader MK Stalin’s call to project Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.
He had also said he would soon meet TRS chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who has called for a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance.
However, the Congress leaders had said they were hopeful of forging an alliance with the Samajwadis and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP had won 73 seats out of 80 in 2014.
Akhilesh’s fresh statement suggests he is not ruling out an alliance with the Congress yet.