UP FOR GRABS
At the day-long event in Lucknow, CM spells out his vision, while minister & top cop share plans for grand Kumbh mela
The SP-BSP UP alliance is an alliance of goons. It will help us wipe them off. Akhilesh would have rubbed his nose, taken even 10 seats if Mayawati said so...
THE alliance formed between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha election is an alliance of goons and roughs, said Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. His comments came after SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati announced that the two parties will contest the Lok Sabha polls together.
Speaking at India Today’s ‘Sangam - Confluence of Minds’ in Lucknow on Sunday, Adityanath said the alliance will benefit the BJP. “It is good that they have joined hands. Now it will be easier for us to eliminate them. It will be better if they decide to merge now. If they have decided to go together, why don’t they merge their parties?” he asked. On Saturday, Akhilesh and Mayawati had announced their pre-poll alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The two parties have decided a 50:50 seatsharing agreement. Each will contest from 38 seats. The Congress, which in the past had stitched alliance with both the parties, has now been left out of the alliance. The SP and the BSP have left four seats for the Congress and other parties. The SP-BSP combine will not field candidates in Amethi and Raebareli, Lok Sabha seats of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.
WHEN asked about the challenge posed by the SP-BSP alliance to the electoral prospects of the BJP in UP, Adityanath said that BJP is not worried because the people of UP know about the “anarchy unleashed” by them during their rule. “Both of them have had the opportunity to run majority governments in the state. Communal riots and casteist divide ruled the roost during their regimes,” he said, adding that the people of UP know that developmental works have started only after 2014 when Narendra Modi became the PM.
On major announcement by BJP on Ram temple before the LS election, Adityanath said, “We have a positive approach. One should always remain hopeful and we are hopeful.” He also accused Congress of “intentionally creating hurdles” in arriving at an early solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute. He said, “People (Congress) who don’t want the temple matter to be resolved are the ones creating hurdles in it.”
Congress is creating hurdles in Ram temple construction. They are trying to exploit one community and use it as a vote bank. But, we have a positive approach and we are hopeful. — Yogi Adityanath, UP chief minister
UP CM Yogi Adityanath at India Today Group’s ‘Sangam — Confluence of Minds’ event in Lucknow on Sunday.