UP Assembly Elections 2017: Will not campaign for SP-Congress alliance, says Mulayam Singh Yadav
New Delhi : Hours after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav took out a joint road show here on Sunday, Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav trashed the alliance and said he would not campaign for it.
Noting he had advised his son against entering into an electoral alliance with the Congress, Mulayam Singh said it was most unfortunate that Akhilesh Yadav had done so in his quest to grab power.
SP was capable enough to contest and win elections alone, there was no need for the alliance : Mulayam Singh Yadav to ANI— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 29, 2017
He also announced that he will not campaign for the alliance in the state assembly elections.
"Where will the workers who have worked hard in the past go for the next five years," he said while expressing his regret once again that SP had chosen to this course of action.
I will not go anywhere to campaign for this(SP-Congress) alliance: Mulayam Singh Yadav to ANI— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 29, 2017
"The 2012 election was fought on my face and we got a majority. I was to become the Chief Minister but I opted for Akhilesh and look what he has done," he rued.
Earlier in the day, at a joint press conference, Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi, asked if they would take along leaders like Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Mulayam Singh with them during campaigning, had side-stepped it.
Main is samjhaute ke khilaaf hoon: Mulayam Singh Yadav on SP-Congress alliance pic.twitter.com/23MwwxPZ6n— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 29, 2017
While Akhilesh Yadav had responded by saying that he would prefer having their blessings while Gandhi said that he would not like to discuss operational matters in public.
Humare jo neta hain jinke ticket kate hain vo ab kya karenge? 5 saal ke liye to mauka ganwa diya:Mulayam Singh Yadav pic.twitter.com/damximQAoB— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 29, 2017
The decision of Mulayam Singh is likely to impact on the alliance as he is still a very important name in state politics. UP goes to polls between February 11 and March 8 in a seven-phased election.