Raipur: The Samajwadi Party has alleged that the BJP and the Congress are one and the same. Speaking at a political rally in Chhattisgarh where he was campaigning in support of ally Gondwana Gantantra Party’s (GGP) Heera Singh Markam, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “Money was deposited in banks during demonetisation. Who ran away with it after it was deposited in banks? So many people fled out of India. Both the BJP and the Congress are involved. It was the Congress that gave loans to them and then the BJP that helped them leave the country. There’s no difference between the two. Jo BJP hai woh Congress hai, jo Congress hai woh BJP hai.” (Also read: Rahul, Yogi Adityanath to Campaign Ahead of Polls)

He said, “Neither the BJP nor the Congress cares about the farmers, poor or the youths of the country.” He said if the SP could form the government in Chhattisgarh in alliance with the GGP, it would waive farm loans within an hour of being sworn in.

Touching upon the Naxal issue that plagues the state, Yadav insisted it was actually ‘urban Naxals’ that were the bigger problem. He said urban Naxals were dividing the nation along caste and religion lines.

Attacking the BJP, the SP chief said, “BJP talks of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ but how come everyone didn’t progress even when they all came together to support the BJP?”

The GGP-SP alliance has fielded 54 candidates in this election. Of this, the SP has its candidates on 18 seats while the GGP is fighting from 36 seats. The SP has fielded its candidates in three seats in Korba while the GGP has its candidate on the remaining one.

Interestingly, the SP had fought the 2017 UP Assembly elections in an alliance with the Congress and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is taking pains to bring all Opposition parties under one umbrella of ‘Mahagathbandhan’.