Lucknow: Samajwadi president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said he is confident that a grand opposition alliance will be forged to challenge the ruling BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Everyone is fed up of BJP and they want it out of power. I want to assure you that alliance will happen in UP. Let the time come… We are confident of forming an alliance for 2019 elections. The opposition wants the BJP to be defeated in the next general elections,” Yadav told reporters in Lucknow.

Yadav’s statement comes a day after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo compelled to go it alone if it does not get a “respectable” number of seats in the anti-BJP alliance that is shaping up before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“Our party is not against the alliance, but our stand is very clear that we will ally with a political party only if we get a respectable share of seats. Otherwise, our party feels it better to contest the elections alone,” she said.

On the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the upcoming Assembly elections in certain states, Mayawati said, the effort of the opposition parties will be to stop the BJP from coming to power at any cost.

Yadav also cornered the BJP at the Centre over the issues of falling Indian rupee against the US dollar and the spiralling petrol and diesel prices. “India is lagging behind on several fronts. Inflations and petrol, diesel prices are rising. We want the BJP to do some magic with their economic policies that the as many dollars come in a rupee against the rupees that are coming in a dollar now,” he added.