Congress not committing yet to Akhilesh Yadav's suggestion of secular alliance

Posted March 11, 2017

But Akhilesh again kept his options open by saying: "Yes, if we need something during the formation of government. nobody would like the BJP to run Uttar Pradesh with a remote control under President's rule".

In the general elections of 2014, her party got less than 20% of the votes and failed to win even a single seat in U.P., with some of her Dalit and much of her most Backward Caste support base moving to the BJP. Singh told News18, that Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav neither had any issue nor any concrete plan for the elections. So this alliance was a compulsion, Singh said and added the alliance disillusioned Yadav and Muslim voters as well.

On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav, too, is confident of winning, but has not ruled out an alliance with Mayawati if the numbers point to a hung Assembly in the state. Angry SP legislators and supporters descended on the guest house on Mirabai Marg in Lucknow where Ms. Mayawati was staying and assaulted her, bringing to an end that relationship. Could Rahul Gandhi repeat the cementing role the Congress played in the mahagathbandhan in Bihar, in Uttar Pradesh this time?

The exit polls for Uttar Pradesh have predicted a massive gain for the BJP in the state and that Mayawati will be decimated.

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Mr Yadav's statement about the new alliance has created ripples in political circles and the BJP said that this was an indication that the SP had already conceded defeat. It would be interesting to see how the regional rivals behave if BJP falls short of a majority and results throw up an equation where SP, BSP and Congress jointly possess the numbers to form the government.

The stakes are even higher for UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The BJP does not want to be the junior alliance partner, and neither does the BSP.

Here is a look at ABP Exit Poll Results showing a clear win for SP-Congress combine.

The results of assembly elections in five states- UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be announced on March 11.