Soon after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced an alliance between Samajwadi Party and the Congress for the upcoming elections in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday termed the move as a desperate last chance attempt for survival for both the parties.
Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain has said: “Two weak parties can never make a strong unit, especially when the popular tide is with BJP this time. Any party or coalition whatsoever cannot daunt the popularity BJP has garnered in UP this time. Whenever the election takes place, five years of the failure of Akhilesh Yadav’s rule, that he has tried to cloud in his family disputes, would be exposed. People have seen for themselves the vandalism, crime and zero development by the SP in the state”.
About Congress, the BJP leader has said that the party is now in shambles, therefore fighting individually already seems as a lost cause for them.
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Reacting on the Congress-SP move, another veteran BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that the alliance between these two parties is an alliance of rejected and dejected people.
Nobody can save Samajwadi Party. It is a natural alliance of people who are rejected and dejected: Venkaiah Naidu on SP-Congress alliance pic.twitter.com/XomJ9wXOSk
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On the coalition, Congress chief ministerial candidate, Shiela Dikshit said, ” I would like to gracefully withdraw as we cannot have two CM candidates for the elections”.
Meanwhile, Congress senior member Ghulam Navi Azad also confirmed about the coalition with the Samajwadi party. Azad said: “Details about it will be announced in coming days, for now I just can say that there will be Congress-SP alliance under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav.”
The state will go on polls from February 11 to March 8. According to Election Commission there will be seven-phase polling in the state.
The results will be declared on March 11.