Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said his Samajwadi Party (SP) will not be entering into an alliance with any party for the 2017 state assembly elections.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event here, he ruled out any truck with any political party and said the ruling party would go the people with the good work and development ushered by his government.
After the successful ‘Maha Gathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) experiment in neighbouring Bihar, there have been talks of a similar working in UP. While the SP had walked out of the Bihar alliance at the last minute, a section of the party was in favour of stitching up an alliance with “like-minded, socialist background parties” but are averse to any understanding with Congress, something which is a roadblock for an umbrella group to form here.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint press conference here on Saturday when the alliance between them for the coming Lok Sabha polls is likely to be announced.
An invitation, jointly signed by SP General Secretary Rajendra Chowdhary and BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, has been circulated to the media for the press conference at a five-star hotel here.
Informed sources said that the two former Chief Ministers might formally announce the formation of the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls and also share the seat-sharing formula.
A tactical alliance between SP and BSP – once sworn enemies – helped them defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur last year. The two parties also backed the candidate of RLD-led by Ajit Singh to win the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency.
Four-time Chief Minister Mayawati flew into Lucknow late on Thursday and is likely to deliberate with her party leaders on Friday before sealing the deal with SP.
A senior party leader said that while the SP and BSP will share 37 seats each, they will leave two for Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
The alliance might also leave two seats, Amethi and Rae Bareli, for the Congress to enable Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to contest from there.