Mumbai: On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav ruled out alliances with bigger parties in the state of Uttar Pradesh and said that his parties experience with bigger parties was ‘not great’.
The former UP Chief Minister also announced that the SP party will form alliances with smaller parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Assembly polls in the state.
“Alliances are made as per the situation. We did not have a great experience when formed alliances with big parties. Now, our party will try to bring small parties in the alliance to defeat BJP,” Yadav told reporters in UP’s Hamirpur.
Akhilesh Yadav started his party’s election campaign with a ‘Vijay Rath’ from Kanpur on Tuesday. He expressed hope that his yatra will wipe out BJP in the assembly elections.
During his yatra, he paid tributes to Ram Manohar Lohia on his death anniversary. Yadav also said that BJP betrayed ‘Ganga Maiya’ as it continues to be in the same ‘bad condition’.
“BJP has betrayed Ganga Maiya, it is still dirty as it was earlier. Kanpur is a big city. Here there is business, employment. The people of Kanpur have seen their ruin. BJP’s Center and UP Government have cheated farmers, snatched jobs, inflation has increased… BJP govt has betrayed people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had also addressed a rally in Varanasi. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati also started her political campaign on the death anniversary of Kanshi Ram.
In the 2017 Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged a massive mandate with 312 Assembly seats, whereas the SP won 47 seats, BSP got 19, while the Congress managed to get only 7 seats. UP goes to poll next year in the month of February and March.