Akhilesh says BJP lead­ers want to switch sides, Yogi hits back

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htnation - Pankaj Jaiswal

LUCKNOW: A day after an­nounc­ing an al­liance with Mayawati’s Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) for this year’s na­tional elec­tions, Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Ya­dav said on Sun­day that their tie-up had “de­mor­alised” Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lead­ers and work­ers, who now wanted to join the grand al­liance.

The for­mer Ut­tar Pradesh (UP) chief min­is­ters an­nounced on Satur­day that their par­ties will con­test on state’s 38 Lok Sabha seats each, leav­ing two for the Con­gress and two for other smaller al­lies. UP sends 80 MPS to the Lower House, the high­est in the coun­try.

“The top lead­er­ship of the BJP and its en­tire or­gan­i­sa­tion has lost hope after the SP-BSP al­liance. Now, BJP’S booth-level work­ers are say­ing my booth is shat­tered. BJP’S de­mor­alised lead­ers and work­ers are restive and des­per­ate to join the SP and BSP,” Akhilesh tweeted in Hind.

The BJP main­tained the al­liance be­tween the erst­while po­lit­i­cal ri­vals will have no bear­ing on the elec­tions . Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath said the BSP-SP al­liance re­flected “casteist men­tal­ity” and con­sisted of “an­ar­chic el­e­ments”. “…This al­liance will have no im­pact on the pol­i­tics of the state. It is good that both these par­ties have come to­gether. It will help us to ef­fec­tively wipe them off,’’ he said.

Ut­tar Pradesh’s ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter, Suresh Khanna, said the SP-BSP al­liance was one born out of “self­in­ter­est”.

“The lead­ers of both the par­ties have forged this al­liance in their own in­ter­est… as they can­not con­test the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion on their own.”

Khanna added the al­liance was likely to be short-lived, akin to the “mega al­liances” of the past.

“The Con­gress had sup­ported Deve Gowda [in 1996] and Chan­dra Shekhar [in 1990], but on both the oc­ca­sions, it [the al­liance] was for a very short time. Only Naren­dra Modi can pro­vide a stable gov­ern­ment and SP and BSP are well aware of this fact,” he said.

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Akhilesh Ya­dav

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