Lucknow: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has sparked off speculation about a political alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress ahead of upcoming assembly elections in the state. Yadav on Thursday termed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who was on a tour of UP, a ‘good boy’, with whom ‘friendship’ can be forged.
Hinting at the possible political realignment in UP, Yadav said, “Rahulji bahut acche insan hain, bahut acche ladke hain. UP me zyada rahenge to hamari bhi dosti unse hogi. Do acche log mil jayein to kya kharab baat hai? (Rahul is a good human being and a good boy. If he spends more time in UP, we can also have friendship with himâ€¦ If two good human beings join hands, what’s wrong in that).”
However, when pointedly asked, if Akhilesh hinted at an alliance, he said, “Aap isme rajniti kyun dekh rahe hain (Why are you looking for political connotations in it?)”
On locals carrying away cots from the venue of Rahul Gandhi’s rally, Yadav said, “At least the bicycle (SP’s poll symbol) has some use for them. Had it been taken by samajwadis, you (media) would have said that samajwadi goondas took it away”.
Rahul Gandhi is currently touring Uttar Pradesh as part of his 2,500-km Kisan Mahayatra. During his ongoing yatra in the state, the Congress leader has launched scathing attack on the Modi government, but has been mild at the Akhilesh government.
At his first political rally, Khat Pe Charcha at Deoria, the Congress leader accused the Centre of being lenient to big corporate loan defaulters while taking stringent action against farmers.
However, his attack on the Modi government got lost in the chaos that overwhelmed his rally. As soon as Rahul Gandhi left the venue locals ran away with cots.