Uttar Pradesh polls: Akhilesh Yadav hints at alliance with BSP

Mar 13, 2017, 00:59
Uttar Pradesh polls: Akhilesh Yadav hints at alliance with BSP

"We will have to wait it out", a senior SP leader said.

During the meet, Mr. Akhilesh told party men that the Samajwadi Party was not only a party, but an ideology, and that "our struggle will continue". "If there was no alliance, Samajwadi would have formed the government", he said in an interview with The Economic Times. I will review the party's performance and analyze the results.

Many believe that the Samajwadi Party lost the election battle after it joined hands with Congress, earlier, even SP patron Mulayam wasn't in favour of the alliance and had clearly stated that it wasn't the right thing to do.

However, Akhilesh, who had emerged the boss of his party after a bitter battle with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal, failed to encash this goodwill into votes, landing up with just 48 seats.

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Singh also blamed the arrogance of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for the defeat in Uttar Pradesh polls, adding that there is a need for introspection for all those dynastic leaders.

The family feud, clearly, took its toll on the party which suffered losses in its family strongholds of Etawah, Etah, Auraiyya and Ferozabad. With a victory on over 300 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party is set to form the next government in the politically crucial state after 15 years. Akhilesh Yadav had become arrogant after coming to power and his decision to forcibly replace Mulayam from the post of party national president sent an adverse message to the masses.

"You all should reach out to people and re-strengthen the party".

Asserting that the BJP will have an edge over all other parties in the polls, Singh claimed that the BSP too will surpass the SP's tally. Jaswantnagar, part of Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, was represented by Mulayam who had won the seat first time in 1967.