India: SP keep options open for anti-BJP tie-up in UP

  • The Samajwadi Party (SP) may keep its options open for stitching an anti-BJP alliance in Uttar Pradesh in the run-up to the 2019 general election, even as it continues its exercise of selecting candidates for all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
  • SP chief and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has held a series of meetings with party functionaries and MLAs in recent days, according to people aware of the matter.
  • Akhilesh Yadav said his priority was strengthening the party organisation and he was not thinking of an alliance ahead of the “crucial” 2019 general elections.
  • Terming the process of talks and seat negotiations a waste of time, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who had tied up with the Congress for the assembly elections in 2017, ruled out alliances “as of now”.
  • Suggesting that the party could bargain at a later stage if an alliance materialises, he said his style of politics is different and he is open to “friendships” with like minded parties. However, his priority at present was to strengthen the organisation of the party.
  • He added that the people gave BJP a chance but the party had fulfilled none of its tall promises.
  • In his view, the Adityanath government should demand a big package from the Centre in the budget instead of fooling the people.
  • They said the party faces a problem in that any focus on possible efforts to forge unity among the opposition parties would come at the cost of further deterioration in the party’s organisational base at the ground level.

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9-Jan-2018


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