New Delhi: Pragitisheel Samajwadi Part-Lohia (PSPL) chief and former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shivpal Yadav on Sunday said that that his party is ready to form an alliance with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On being asked about Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, Yadav said,”The alliance is a ‘thugbandhan’ (alliance of thugs) and is for money. It is possible that money must have been taken before forging the alliance.”

Abhi humari baat toh nahi hui hai lekin jitne bhi secular party hain, Congress bhi hai, agar Congress humse sampark karegi, humse baat karegi, toh main bilkul taiyaar hu. (We haven’t talked about it yet, but any secular party, including Congress, if contacts us and talks to us I am ready),” Shivpal was quoted as saying by ANI.

The former SP leader also talked about the importance of his party in the Lok Sabha Polls, saying,”No alliance can defeat the BJP without support of PSPL and we are ready to form an alliance with other secular parties to defeat the BJP and oust it from power at the centre.”

Notably, Shivpal Yadav’s statement come hours after the Congress party said that it will contest all the 80 seats of Uttar Pradesh. “We will fight on all 80 seats of Uttar Pradesh in upcoming Lok Sabha elections. We are fully prepared. And just like Congress emerged no. 1 party in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, we’ll fight on our own and win twice those number of seats in upcoming elections,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had said.

The decision came after senior Congress leaders, including Azad and UP Congress chief Raj Babbar, held a brainstorming meeting at the party’s state headquarters in Lucknow.