Update: Denying the rumours of entering into an alliance with any other party, Mayawati led-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Friday said it would wait for the results and then take a call on it.
“Will wait and watch for results, as of now not thinking of alliance with anyone,” said the BSP sources.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav hints as a major surprise with the possibility of an alliance with BSP in case of a hung assembly. Exit polls have predicted a deadlock in the Assembly.
In an interview with a news outlet, Mr Yadav said that if the SP-Congress fell short of numbers, they would not mind joining hands with BSP in an attempt to keep the BJP out.
“I have always treated BSP president with respect and have referred to her as ‘bua’ but as of now, we are coming back to power on our own,” he said. Mr Yadav said that President rule would mean a BJP rule by remote and no one would want this.
It may be recalled that in their first joint press conference in Lucknow in January to announce the alliance, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had stated that he had ‘utmost respect’ for Ms Mayawati. Throughout the election campaign, Mr Gandhi chose not to attack the BSP.
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.