Ready to go alone in UP: Congress after Mayawati-Akhilesh snub
New Delhi: After Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party agreed to an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress today hinted that it is ready to go alone.
PL Punia, a Rajya Sabha MP from Congress, today said his party is ready to go alone in Uttar Pradesh.
“A coalition is not important… Our workers are ready… We have not spoken to anyone about an alliance,” Punia told a news portal.
Earlier, SP’s national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that a formal announcement on the gathbandhan between the two Uttar Pradesh-based parties is likely later this month and the two party chiefs had given their “in-principle approval” to joining hands to take on the BJP.
Bua-Bhatija pair miffed with Congress
Akhilesh and Mayawati, both upset with Congress for dithering over the issue, chose to do away with Congres in Uttar Pradesh, sources said.
However, Ram Gopal Yadav and the number 2 in Samajwadi Party, downplayed reports of sidelining the Congress.
“Why are you imagining?” he asked reporters.
Akhilesh Yadav had last week hinted at payback when his party’s only lawmaker in Madhya Pradesh did not make it to new Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s list of ministers. The Congress, he said, had gone back on its promise to do so, despite his party’s role in helping the Congress reach the majority mark.
According to BJP’s own calculations, an SP-BSP alliance may cost the party at least 25-30 seats in the state in the general elections. The BJP and its allies had won 73 of the 80 seats in the 2014 parliamentary elections.