Lucknow, Jan 9: Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday ruled out an alliance with the Congress party for 2019 Lok Sabha elections hinting at a possible “break-up” of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance. The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh said that his only priority at this time is strengthening the Samajwadi Party.
The Samajwadi Party chief said that the alliance didn’t reap any results in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. Had there been any alliance between the SP and Congress party, the Uttar Pradesh Civic Elections 2017 would have been fought together, Akhilesh Yadav said.
“Right now it is time to strengthen the party for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. We are on good terms with Rahul Gandhi ji, but we definitely do not have any alliance for the polls, as of now,” Akhilesh Yadav was quoted as saying by News18.
The announcement of a possible break-up of SP-Congress alliance came two days after the grand old party skipped a joint opposition meeting was conducted by Akhilesh Yadav to chart out a strategy for the upcoming bypolls on two Lok Sabha seats, Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The decision was taken at the meeting.
“There is time before the elections. The Lok Sabha polls are in 2019. We are presently working on each seat, going through local equations for selection of candidates,” Yadav said.
Saying that the party will review Congress’ performance in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that the assembly seats “which were given to the Congress will now be assembly segments of various Lok Sabha seats from where SP would like to field its candidates. Those seats need to be reviewed and a decision taken accordingly,” TOI reported.
The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance was thrashed in the 2017 state elections with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 325 seats with the help of its allies.