Akhilesh slams Cong, hints UP grand alliance under threat

Will Remove Hand From Cycle And Give Control to Someone Else: Akhilesh Yadav’s Veiled Warning to Congress

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New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday accused Congress of stopping the ‘cycle’ in the poll-bound states. Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh, he said, “We have decided we’ll remove your hand from the handle if you try to stop the cycle and the control will be with someone else.”

His statement has raised speculations that SP may not enter into a tie-up with Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. In June, the SP had hinted that it would not give the Congress more than two seats; those in the Gandhi borough of Rae Bareli and Amethi.

Recently, Akhilesh Yadav had said that the Congress party thought that Samajwadi Party was weak and in order to form an alliance with his party and Mayawati‘s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rahul Gandhi will need to speak to both of them.

Speaking at a press conference in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur, Yadav had claimed that his party wanted an alliance with the Congress but the latter “felt” the SP was “weak”. Yadav further said that as a larger outfit, it was Congress party’s responsibility to bring smaller parties under one umbrella.

Mayawati also opened up about her decision to rule out an alliance with the Congress for the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 saying that the party would rather fight alone than begging for seats in a coalition.

While 18 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh went to polls in the first phase on Monday, voting will take place in the remaining 72 seats next Tuesday. The results will be on December 11.

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