Angry Mulayam will not campaign for SP-Congress alliance

Photo of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today slammed the alliance between the party, now led by his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and the Congress for the forthcoming assembly elections, saying he will not campaign for it.

Mulayam expressed displeasure over the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today said he would not campaign for it in the state assembly polls.

Mulayam said on a day his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi held their first joint press conference in Lucknow and held a road show displaying great bonhomie, “I am completely against the alliance. I will not campaign for it.”

He had rejected the possibility of an alliance for the assembly polls before being deposed as party president by Akhilesh, said, “Congress ruled the country for a long time and made it laggard. We always fought against Congress.”

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He added, “Samajwadi Party is capable of contesting elections alone. In the past, it fought alone and formed government with a majority. No occasion arose for effecting an alliance.”

After the Election Commission settled the dispute between Mulayam and Akhilesh in the latter’s favour, the SP patriarch had submitted a list of 38 candidates to his son but chosen not to field nominees separately.

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