New Delhi: In what could be a roadblock to the ‘Mahagathbandhan‘ for upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that there will be a confluence of thoughts in UP and very soon people will know about it. Also Read - 'Will Restore Article 370 in J&K if Voted to Power', Congress' Digvijaya to Pakistani Journalist in Alleged Clubhouse Chat
Speaking to media in Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadav said, “In UP, there will be Sangam (confluence) of people and sangam of thoughts, and very soon it will be in front of you.” On being asked whether the Congress will be a part of this confluence, Yadav said, “I said that there will be sangam of people and thoughts. All answers are included in this.” (Also read: JD(U) Breaks Silence on Joining Grand Alliance, Asks Cong to Clear Stand on RJD First) Also Read - Akali Dal Inks Poll Pact With Mayawati's BSP For Punjab Assembly Election 2022
However, Yadav didn’t hide his displeasure over his lone Madhya Pradesh lawmaker not being included in Kamal Nath’s cabinet. He had said by doing so, Congress “cleared the path for Uttar Pradesh”. Also Read - 'Unless I Can be Teleported': Abhijit Mukherjee, Late President Pranab Mukherjee's Son, on Joining TMC
Notably, the BJP had suffered defeat in a slew of bypolls in the state. Both Yadav and Mayawati are said to be working for an electoral tie-up in UP where BJP and its allies won 73 of the 80 seats in the last general elections.
In spite of helping the Congress form government in Madhya Pradesh, both Yadav and Mayawati have been staying away from the grand old party.
While lending support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Mayawati had said that she was helping it to form the government to keep BJP out.
Meanwhile, Yadav also praised efforts made by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to form the federal front.
Earlier, reports had suggested that Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh are likely to make a big announcement on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s birthday in January. Sources had told Zee News that the parties have already chalked out an alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections. They said that the Congress would not be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’.
The report further said that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BSP had agreed on an equal share in seats for the next year’s general elections, adding that the Congress would not be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’. Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) would also be a part of the alliance, sources had said while claiming that an announcement on the same is likely on Mayawati’s birthday on January 15.
The reports came a few days after the BSP had offered its support to the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the latter was falling short of one and two seats for a majority. Announcing the support, Mayawati had admitted that her party was extending its support “with a heavy heart”. Lately, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has also spoken out against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s candidature as the Mahagathbandhan’s PM candidate.
Furthermore, the two leaders did not attend the swearing-in ceremonies of Congress Chief Ministers and also skipped a Mahagathbandhan meeting in Delhi recently.