As Tejashwi Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav- the main opposition forces in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh has addressed a joint press conference today, a question of Congress and the party chief Rahul Gandhi was meant to run in their difference on a core alliance question.
Tejashwi Yadav was asked, “In Bihar Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is a part of your alliance but in Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati have left the party out. What do you have to say.”
Mr. Yadav replied: “Our aim is to defeat the BJP. You saw how in recent by-polls Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were enough to defeat the BJP. They didn’t need the Congress. Rahul Gandhi has also said whether or not they are part of the alliance, the BJP should be defeated.”
When the tricky questions persisted, Mr. Yadav is seen to be close to Mr. Gandhi has said that “We are not different…They win there, we win there, it is the same thing.”
On Sunday, Tejashwi Yadav met with BSP supremo Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav today. He continued that the BSP-SP alliance, declared by the two former UP Chief Ministers on Saturday, was something that his father Lalu Prasad Yadav had talked about.
Mr. Yadav said that “now in UP and Bihar, consider the BJP wiped out. With this gatbandhan (alliance) in the two big states, the BJP is automatically 100 seats down.”
The Samajwadi and BSP have said while announcing their tie-up that they did not see any benefit of including the Congress in the alliance. The BSP Chief said that “Past experience tells us that the Congress can’t transfer votes to us. We ensure that votes are transferred to the Congress but they don’t reciprocate. We have decided that we will not tie up with a party like the Congress across the country, where they can’t transfer votes to us.”
On Sunday, the Congress responded saying that earlier its workers were preparing to contest in the 25-seats in Uttar Pradesh, but now the party would contest in all 80-seats.