New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today asserted that the ruling Samajwadi Party will retain power in Uttar Pradesh during upcoming state assembly election in 2017, but kept the doors open for an alliance with the Congress for next year’s polls by saying the combine can win over 300 seats in the 403-member House.
When media persons asked Akhilesh about meeting between SP supremo Mulyama Singh Yadav with Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor meeting SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said the responsibility was on Congress to decide on a possible alliance as we have open door for alliance.
Akhilesh said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, “Prashant Kishor met Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) and also had a meeting with me. I told him that the SP would get a majority on its own, but if there was an alliance, we would win more than 300 seats.”
He added, “In an alliance, one has to contend with fewer number of seats to contest, but if gain and loss become the consideration, then it doesn’t work out. The SP will be forming the government again with a majority and if Congress also joins in, we will cross 300. However, it is for the Congress to decide.”
Akhilesh asserted that Samajwadi party will not recognize the Congress as a “junior partner” if alliance takes place.
Referring to his earlier remarks of “Mulayam Singh as the Prime Minister and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the Deputy Prime Minister”, he said his offer was still valid and that it was for the Congress leadership to take a call.
“Rahulji is not in the audience today, but the message can be passed on to him by people close to him,” he said pointing to Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra who were present in the audience.