Kannauj: On Friday, just a day before his joint press conference with Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said the alliance will get the math right in the upcoming Lok Sabha election and the BJP will face defeat.
SP’s national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary had said that the two parties have agreed to an in-principle alliance ahead of the parliamentary elections.
“Last time we had come together in the Lok Sabha by-elections and BJP had lost the seats (earlier held by) chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. This time too our math will be right and the BJP will face defeat,” Yadav said.
A formal announcement on the alliance between the two Uttar Pradesh-based parties will be made at Saturday’s joint press conference with BSP, he said.
Responding to a question, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the BJP had strengthened because it joined hands with regional parties and his party was also gaining strength by forming a coalition.
However, Chaudhary had said the alliance will not field candidates in Amethi and Raebareli, leaving the two Lok Sabha constituencies for Congress president Rahul Gandhi and United Progress Alliance chief Sonia Gandhi.
“Won’t speak on Congress but can give them the two seats they have always held,” Yadav told NDTV. “Congress party is there, their leaders are there… But cannot say in what form or shape they will be with us,” he added.
Yadav also had a slogan ready for the upcoming polls: “Humara kaam bolta hai, BJP ka dhokha bolta hai” (Our work speaks for itself, BJP’s betrayal speaks). He also said, “the situation right now is that we have to unite to fight the BJP.”
He took a dig at the BJP-led state government’s decision to levy an additional 0.5 per cent cess on excise items to fund cow shelters, saying people will have to drink more liquor now for cow safety.
(With inputs from PTI)