UP Elections 2022: SP Ready for Alliance With Small Parties to Defeat BJP, Says Akhilesh Yadav

The SP chief also asked the Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to clarify which side they are on. “These parties should decide whether their fight is with the BJP or SP,” Yadav told PTI.

SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that the doors of his party are open for smaller parties who want to form an alliance and defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Yadav added that he would try to form such an alliance ahead of the assembly polls in 2022.

The SP chief also asked the Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to clarify which side they are on.

“These parties should decide whether their fight is with the BJP or SP,” Yadav told PTI.

He also said that many of the smaller parties were already in alliance with them and many more are expected to follow suit.

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The ex-CM also attacked BJP over the Pegasus issue and questioned the intention of the government.

“They (NDA) have over 350 seats in the Lok Sabha. The BJP is ruling in many states. Why and what was the government trying to find through snooping? They are helping ‘videshi takatein’ (foreign forces) with this act,” Yadav said.

He also said that that party had not held any talks with the ‘Bhagidari Morcha’ which is led by Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav during an interview, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (PTI Photo/Nand Kumar)

All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) Assaduddin Owaisi also took part in the Bhagidari Morcha’.

Quizzed over the organisation of Brahmin Sammelans by BSP and other parties, Yadav said that he has organised such conferences earlier and will continue ton do so.

The SP will organise a series of meetings of intellectuals as a part of its Brahmin outreach program from August-end.

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“The party will be taking out a yatra on August 5 on the birth anniversary of party ideologue Janeshwar Mishra. From August 15, more yatras will be taken out exposing the BJP misrule,” he said.

He also attacked the Yogi Adityantah-led state government and blamed it for the huge loss of lives during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yadav said that everyone saw the condition when people were gasping for Oxygen while the state government was a “total failure.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the BJP government was a total failure when it came to Covid-19 management (PTI Photo)

“The BJP has not created any infrastructure in the past over four years. During the Covid crisis, whatever we developed in the SP regime was used. They made a university in the name of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is functioning on the ninth floor of the Ram Manohar Lohia Medical Institute made under our regime,” he said.

The 48-year-old claimed that even the MLAs of the saffron party were unhappy with the BJP government over issues such as cleaning of Ganga River, farmers’ protest, and inflation.

When asked about when the party will announce their candidates, Yadav said that the process was underway and the right candidates will be selected after a thorough analysis.

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“The resentment is brewing among people and they are waiting for a chance to uproot the BJP in the state. The 350-figure is realistic and with development work done in our regime, people are now realising that they made a mistake in 2017 and were fooled by the BJP with lies,” he claimed.

He added that if the SP is voted to power, the services of ‘Shiksha Mitra’ (adhoc primary teachers) will be regularised and that all other appointments held up by the BJP government deliberately will be cleared.

“This government has made the appointments complex, we will find solutions to it,” the SP chief said.

With inputs from PTI