Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
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Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls 2022, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday ruled out any tie-up with Congress and Mayawati but instead his party will opt for taking along like-minded smaller parties. According to a NDTV report, the former UP chief minister has predicted that the ruling Yogi Adityanath govt laid by the Bharatiya Janata Party will collapse and will be defeated saying that people want change and accused the CM of blocking development, and encouraging corruption and oppression during his rule.

He told, "My experience with big parties is not good, I will not get into any alliance with them."

Welcoming smaller parties, he said, "Those who want to defeat the BJP, I appeal to them to help the Samajwadi Party."

Mr Yadav has ruled out tie up with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), notably the duo had joined hands after 2019. He admitted that a few BSP leaders were in touch with him. While talking about Congress, he said, "We did not have a good experience with them in 2017 - we gave them over 100 seats but we could not win. The people of UP have rejected the Congress." The party was too weak in UP to beat the BJP, he added.

He said the Samajwadi Party was targeting 350 of UP's 403 seats in the state election that is widely seen as a test of public opinion ahead of the 2024 national election, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP will seek a reelection.

He also said, "The BJP is going to lose the upcoming UP elections... they failed the people of UP in the biggest test of their leadership. People were abandoned by the government."

Referring to PM Modi's aide AK Sharma who was appointed as the state party president few days ago, Yadav said, "Dilliwale log usko mantri nahin bana paye (People of Delhi couldn't even make him minister)".

Further attacking the UP govt for handling Covid crisis, he accused the government of hiding the true figures of deaths espescially during the second wave.

Opening up on the vaccine remark, he said, "I had only refused to take the vaccine initially because it had not completed all the trials," Mr Yadav said to allegations that his comments added to vaccine hesitancy in UP."

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