Lucknow: Days after his father Mulayam Singh Yadav expressed his ‘displeasure’ over the Samajwadi Party’s tie-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party for Lok Sabha elections, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has said he did so to ensure that the patriarch won  with “record votes” from whichever seat in Uttar Pradesh he chose to fight the Lok Sabha polls. (Also read: Parliamentary Panel Tells Twitter to Ensure Polls Not Influenced by Foreign Entities)

Akhilesh said to PTI, “I have made the alliance with the BSP so that ‘netaji’ can win with record votes in the state from wherever he contests the Lok Sabha polls.”

The SP and the BSP had jointly announced the alliance in January and the two had decided to contest 38 parliamentary seats each out of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh. Later, when the list of seats shared between them was released, the SP had got 37 seats and the BSP 38.

In his statement last week, Mulayam had sought to know on what basis 38 seats were “given away” to the BSP. To that, Akhilesh said, “When I was going to address a press conference to announce the alliance with the BSP, I had met ‘netaji’ and taken his blessings.”

“I had informed him that in the alliance, we will be getting half of the seats,” he said. Following the seat-sharing announcement, SP patriarch Mulayam had said, “Now, we have only half the seats left. Our party was stronger.”

On the distribution of tickets, Akhilesh said, “The seats which we are going to contest is final. Now, the list of party nominees will be finalised soon. We have already identified candidates. There is no problem in it.”

Since there have been reports of some party members upset over ticket distribution, Akhilesh said the party had been preparing for the past one year on all seats and its leaders were asked to work on the ground in their respective areas.

He said that many times, decisions in politics were taken keeping in mind equations. “Our ticket selection was on for a year, and we got 40 applications, the maximum, from those interested to contest from Amroha, 32 candidates applied for Jaunpur seat. We will take a decision accordingly,” he said.

“I have left Mathura seat for the RLD as they had fielded their candidate in the bypolls in Kairana from a SP ticket. This is an
understanding between the SP and the RLD,” he said.

As far as the SP-BSP alliance’s objective was concerned, Akhilesh said, “Our fight is to save the Constitution and fight those who have taken two oaths, one of government and the other of the RSS. We decided on an alliance as our goal was one _ to remove the BJP and
change the Prime Minister.”

He alleged that the BJP was finishing institutions and said, “It’s high time people should discard them”. “People are alert and they know what is happening. They are waiting for a chance to change the Prime Minister,” Akhilesh said. Asked about his decision to contest in Madhya Pradesh and in Uttarakhand in alliance with the BSP, he said the reason is the same _ “to counter BJP”.

Attacking the BJP government in the state, Akhilesh said the lathi-charge on students in Allahabad has sent an adverse message and it has proved that the government is “anti-students”.

“The government is using the official machinery to settle political scores. Now, the same students and youths of the state will give a reply to the BJP,” he said.