Published On: Sat, Oct 6th, 2018

To Keep Mayawati in good humour, Akhilesh dumps Congress in poll-bound MP

Lucknow: To keep Mayawati in good humour, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday also ruled out any alliance with the Congress for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls.

SP was ready to explore the possibility of a coalition with the BSP in Madhya Pradesh

SP president Akhilesh Yadav said they waited long to come to an understanding but the Congress showed no willingness to join hands with like-minded parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“We have waited till now but not any longer” Akhilesh told a gathering at the party headquarters here.

He added that the party will either contest the polls on its own or in an alliance with the Gondwana Party.

“The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has already declined any tie up with the Congress and I am sure other parties in other poll-bound states will also soon announce their candidates,” the SP President stated.

In an indirect reference to the statement of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh that the BSP was not aligning with the Congress against the BJP in Madhya Pradesh for fear of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI, Yadav said parties like the SP and BSP were not scared of anything.

He even said the SP was ready to explore the possibility of a coalition with the BSP in Madhya Pradesh.

However, contrary to what Akhilesh Yadav said, a party insider claimed that the decision was aimed at keeping Maywati in good humour. “After all in states like Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh, it the Congress that has a lot at stake. If it (Congress) is drubbed at the hustings, all its hopes for the all crucial 2019 Lok Sabha polls would be dashed,” said the SP insider.

He further said that it was for all and sundry to see what had happened to SP when it tied up with the Congress in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls in 2017. “UP Assembly polls were a lesson for our leadership and now if the same mistake is committed in MP, no magic will be created and instead only Mayawati ji will be annoyed and that we cannot afford under the present circumstance,” said the SP leader pleading anonymity.

It may be recalled that Mayawati while rulig out an alliance with the Congress in MP had said that it was only her vote bank that gets transferred to the allying party and not vice versa and hence she would only forge an alliance when the seats offered to her in the the next LS poll is respectable, else she would prefer to go alone.

And here lies the catch. Mayawati wishes to contest at least 55 LS seats from UP and under no circumstance she would leave more than 25 seats for the SP and Ajit Singh’s RLD, feel political analysts. Such a scenario may lead to a sitution where even the SP may find difficult to accept as party insiders claim that Akhilesh Yadav would not accept anything less than 35 seats as anything less than that may trigger a revolt within the party ranks with uncle Shivpal eagerly waiting for such a situation to arise to engineer a split in the SP, claim analysts.

“Akhilesh may have agreed for even 25 seats as he might possibly increase on his party’s 2014 tally but in that case he may face a revolt from within and hence a tricky situation lies ahead for Mulayam’s son,” said analysts.

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