Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday alleged that Congress had a big ego and believed in threatening its political opponents. (Catch Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates Here)

“Like the BJP, the Congress too believes in threatening political opponents,” he said at an election meeting in Kanpur.

“Desh mein agar samajwadion ko kabhi kisi ne dhokha diya hai toh Congress ke logon ne hume dhokha diya hai. Ye sahi hai ki humara gathbandhan tha lekin hume nahi pata tha ke Congress mein zyada ghamand hai, gathbandhan kuch nahi hota ghamand zyada badi cheez hai (If anyone has ever cheated Samajwadis, it is Congress. We have had an alliance with them but we didn’t know then that Congress has a big ego. An alliance is nothing for them while their ego is everything).”

With his explanation, Yadav sought to explain away why his party steered clear of Congress for Lok Sabha elections despite allying with it during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. SP had fielded 298 candidates while it gave 105 seats to Congress in a pre-poll alliance.

The Opposition alliance, which includes Sp, BSP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, has left Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies for the Congress to contest.