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Will keep equidistance from BJP, Congress: Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow, May 29 (UNI) Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has said his party would not go for an alliance with any party and the party would work with small parties and strengthen the SP at grassroots level.
“SP will maintain equidistance from both the BJP and the Congress. Samajwadi Party will not form an alliance with any big party, but will adjust with smaller parties. We can do local adjustments with Chachaji (Shivpal SinghYadav). We can adjust his party on the Jaswantnagar seat. But we’ll decide these things before the 2022 assembly elections”, said Akhilesh Yadav here on Friday in a programme with a TV news channel.

"We have made many experiments in the past and entered into alliance. The rank and file of the party is against alliance with any party. Both the Congress and the BJP are pursuing same ends in politics’’, said Akhilesh Yadav adding right now the issue is to dislodge the Yogi Adiyanath government and give a new government to the people.

SP chief denied that he had ever supported the Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra. Some posts about the Congress were filed on Twitter but they are old and no longer relevant, he added.
He said that the lockdown had failed as the Coronavirus cases were on a rise.

"The people were made to believe that the first lockdown would flatten the curve of corona virus but lock down has been extended four times and likely to be extended further without any tangible results’’, said Yadav, adding" now we are told that the we will have to live with the Corona virus’’.

Questioning the wisdom of the Union government on running Shramik special train to evacuate the migrant labours in May, he said ``rail services for migrants could have was not resumed before as it would have prevented the workers from undergoing horrendous experience’’.

Meanwhile Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of Akhilesh Yadav has welcomed the withdrawal of the application by the Samajwadi party for his disqualification from the membership of UP assembly.
“It’s a good decision by the Samajwadi Party and I welcome it. These ‘adjustments’ or alliance issues will be decided in the future, not right now. Today, I only say that I welcome their decision.
There are no other talks right now.”

A senior SP leader said Akhilesh has kept the door open for an alliance with smaller parties, which could include Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal and Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party. He said the potential alliance could be a fruitful alliance for the Samajwadi Party, especially if Shivpal comes on board.
“RLD still has a foothold in western Uttar Pradesh, while Rajbhar has a presence in Ghazipur and Ballia districts of eastern UP. If Shivpal also joins hands, then the SP’s core Yadav vote will not get split,” he said.
For Akhilesh, it’s a case of ‘once bitten, twice shy’ in terms of allying with big parties, a source close to him said. “Akhilesh does not want to ally with Congress and BSP after three successive defeats of the party in 2014, 2017 and 2019 respectively. But smaller forces are still an option. Let’s wait for a few more months,” the source said.
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