Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into politics will make ‘no difference’ to the BJP’s poll prospect in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. (Also read: Lok Sabha Elections Poll Schedule Announced)

“The Congress has made her (Priyanka) its general secretary (in-charge of eastern UP) this time. It is an internal matter of that party. Earlier too she had campaigned for the Congress. This time also it will make no difference (to the BJP),” he told news agency PTI.

Adityanath also took a jibe at the newly formed SP-BSP alliance in the state, saying it was already mired in dispute. Dismissing the SP-BSP alliance as ‘false alarm’, Adityanath said, “The newfound alliance is already embroiled in a dispute. It (alliance) is nothing but a ‘hauaa’ (much ado about nothing).”

The Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting from Aprill 11 so things are obviously hotting up in the largest state of the country. The state sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha.

Just a couple of days ago, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had had fun at the expense of the CM who tweeted in English, “People of Uttar Pradesh will cock-a-snook at ‘Bua and Baba’ Alliance. Time for casteism, nepotism and corruption is over now and politically vigilant people of UP will make sure that 5 multiplied by zero results into zero this time.”

Akhilesh was quick to respond, asking Yogi to demonstrate how one could cock a snook so that the people knew what they were supposed to do. He said in Hindi, “Hum Samajh Nahi Sakey (We didn’t get you).”

The SP-BSP alliance took everyone by surprise, more so because the two parties have had a difficult relationship which unceremoniously broke after the 1993 guest house episode. Also, the two have kept the Congress out, only making the concession of not fielding candidates from Rae Bareli and Amethi, the parliamentary constituencies of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi respectively.