Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav hasn’t quite bought Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s claim to have fielded weak candidates to eat into BJP’s vote share in Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Blow to Mayawati As 5 BSP MLAs Withdraw Support, Set to Join Samajwadi Party

Addressing media, the former chief minister said, “I don’t believe that Congress has fielded weak candidates anywhere. No party does it…(it’s just that) people are not with them.” Also Read - 15-Year-Old Raped in UP's Rampur, Two Arrested After Victim's Father Registers Complaint

At the same time, Yadav rubbished political analysts’ claim that the SP-BSP-RLD coalition was the ‘Team B’ of the Congress. For him, both Congress and BJP are the same, he said. “Congress wants to benefit the BJP. Who taught the central agencies to intimidate Opposition leaders?” Also Read - Smash The Patriarchy: Hundreds of Homes in UP's Muzaffarnagar Install Nameplates With Daughters' Names

And what about Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s claim that BJP controlled the SP and the BSP? To that, Yadav said, “No one controls us. We are political parties. It is the SP, BSP & RLD alliance in UP that is poised to give a setback to the ruling party. Our alliance will stop the bad policies of BJP.”

As far as the choice of the next CM is concerned, Yadav has said often enough that the next PM would be from Uttar Pradesh. But would it be SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav? Yadav said, “Our alliance wants to give India a new PM. The party will decide about the PM when the final seat tally is out. It’ll be good if Netaji gets the honour (to be PM) but I feel he is probably not in the Prime Ministerial race.”

About his own contribution in the process, Yadav said, “I want to increase the number of SP MPs in the Lok Sabha. I want to be among those who want to make a new Prime Minister. I want UP to contribute to the next government formation.”