Miffed Cong warns of split in anti-BJP votes
MIFFED over being left out in the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress warned the SP and BSP that the move might prove to be politically dangerous as they may be blamed for dividing anti-BJP votes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“The collective aim of the Opposition is to defeat the autocratic BJP and the one-manrule in the country. The public will blame those who divide the Opposition vote towards this goal. The move could be politically dangerous for those who ignore the larger objective,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
Refusing to be sidelined, the party indicated it was all set to go alone in UP. “The next Lok Sabha polls will be a fight between BJP’s autocracy and the Congress’ democracy,” senior party leader Manish Tewari said.
Party sources said they were wary of the BSP and the SP after both parties missed a recent Opposition meet during the Winter Session of Parliament but alleged that the BJP was misusing the central agencies to hound the two UP giants.
“It is easy to understand why Akhilesh Yadav’s name is suddenly being dragged in a fiveyear-old sand mining scam. The central agencies are being misused to threaten the BJP’s rivals. The PM has started the politics of revenge in the country,” said Singhvi. Other parties which have been regulars at the anti-BJP meets in the past welcomed the alliance.