Ahead of his joint conference with Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav on Friday gave an indication of their proposed alliance as he remarked at a public event that “we have found the glue because of the BJP.”
The Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is likely to announce his mahagathbandhan or grand alliance with Mayawati’s BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) for the national election tomorrow at a five-star hotel in Lucknow.
The grand alliance is likely to include smaller parties like RLD and the Nishad Party but Congress is not taking part in it.
During a ‘chaupal’ in Kannauj, Mr. Yadav claims that the parties had found their ‘glue; after last years’ by-polls in which BJP lost three states, including those of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Deputy.
Mr. Yadav said, “we Samajwadis thought that we are way ahead in development but how could we shore up our numbers? When we got the numbers right, they lost even Gorakhpur (Yogi Adityanath’s base).”
“Their deputy Chief Minister’s seat was also lost. It is up to us how to take this forward. Earlier we did not have a glue but now we have found it. We have found this glue because of the BJP,” added the former Chief Minister.
The SP Chief further took a swipe at the ruling BJP over allies leaving it. In March, TDP (Telugu Desam Party) has ended its alliance with BJP over the centre’s refusal to grant a special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Last month, Upendra Kushwaha has quit the BJP-led NDA because of his growing resentment with BJP and its seat-sharing deals in Bihar. In Assam, the Asom Gana Parishad pulled out of BJP-led coalition government earlier this week over the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Mr. Yadav further said that “the last few elections have seen different parties come together and fight. People have not noticed how many alliances the BJP has stitched up. Even now there is a perception that they are very strong. This is because they have regional leaders from other parties with them. But these parties are deserting them now.”