Lucknow, July 28: The Samajwadi Party national executive on Saturday authorised Akhilesh Yadav to take a decision on alliance and seat sharing for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. “The main decision taken in the national executive is that party president Akhilesh Yadav has been authorised to take a decision on alliance and seat sharing for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The executive is of the view that elections should be held through ballot papers and not through EVMs,” senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said while speaking to reporters after the meeting. Also Read - Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Kejriwal to Skip Sonia Gandhi's Mega Opposition Meet on Friday: Here's Why

Asked to elaborate on the discussions at the national meeting about the political scenario, Yadav parried a direct reply, saying, “I am telling you about the decisions not the discussions.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: Samajwadi Party Leader Chhotelal Diwakar, His Son Shot Dead in Sambhal

On being asked as to what the party would do if the Election Commission did not accept their demand for polls through ballot papers, Yadav said SP leaders would sit at the doors of the EC and resort to Satyagraha. Also Read - Abhishek Bachchan-Shweta Bachchan Nanda Pen Emotional Notes as Jaya Bachchan Marks Her Birthday in Delhi, Amitabh Bachchan Conveys Wishes

About the absence of some party leaders, including Mohd Azam Khan from the meeting, he said, “Is it necessary that all should remain present? Ninety per cent of the members were present. Party president Akhilesh Yadav was also there.”

A few days ago, Congress President Rahul Gandhi was authorised by Congress Working Committee (CWC) to take decisions on pre-poll and post-poll alliance for the 2019 polls. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the extended CWC, constituted by party president Rahul Gandhi.

(With agency inputs)