Uttar Pradesh polls: Akhilesh Yadav hints at alliance with BSP

Referring to the expressways constructed during his tenure, Akhilesh said: "May be people want bullet trains over expressways".

The Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance could garner a minuscule 54.

A day after the Samjawadi Party (SP) alliance was decimated+ in results announced yesterday, party founder. "I have publicly opposed Congress". Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, who was also at the centre of the struggle to control the party, had earlier criticised the move. "Samajwadi Party could not impress those who inclined towards BJP because of the promises it made".

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"Mulayam Singh Yadav himself had chided the Chief Minister publicly many times on how his ministers were busy minting money and not caring for the people. with such messages, the bad show of Akhilesh's ministers was a foregone conclusion", said a senior party leader.

Moreover, the new SP president's decision to deny tickets to his father's loyalists and forge an alliance with the Congress also disturbed the party cadres. "It is not just time for change, but a makeover", he said, and added that the party could overcome the defeat if it introspects, rather than feeling let down, he said. Shivpal and Mulayam will be celebrating Holi together in Saifai village on Sunday and Monday and are expected to return to Lucknow on Tuesday to "assess" the reasons for the loss, sources close to Shivpal Yadav said. "Akhilesh should now focus on strengthening the party organisation from the ground level and ensure training of youth workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections". Both Shivpal and Mulayam had objected to an alliance with the Congress, which has proved to be a disastrous alliance. A day after winning the Jaswant Nagar seat, the warring uncle of SP president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a 40-second video titled 'Hum phir ladkar jeetenge (We will fight again to win)'.

  • Adam Floyd