Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Battle for Uttar Pradesh 2017: Mulayam Singh Yadav says no to grand alliance

Mini Banerjee | November 10, 2016 6:49 pm Print
Mulayam is considered a final word in Samajwadi Party. Party’s state president Shivpal Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had said umpteenth time that Netaji will take a call on alliance and he will have the final say.
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav
Putting a full stop to the speculation about forging an alliance, Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav said that his party will go alone in the forthcoming election and suggested that whosoever wants to join hands should merge with SP.
“The party will stick to the earlier decision taken during Samajwadi Party national council  meeting in which it was decided that SP will go alone in the UP elections. Therefore, the party will not go for any alliance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,” he told reporters here on Thursday.
Mulayam is considered a final word in Samajwadi Party. Party’s state president Shivpal Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had said umpteenth time that Netaji will take a call on alliance and he will have the final say.
“There would not be any alliance. You have recently seen that some parties have merged with Samajwadi Party. We will invite parties to merge with SP,” was his quick response.
Mulayam Singh, however, refused to elaborate and did not take questions on his talks with RLD leader Ajit Singh in New Delhi and Congress strategist Prashant Kumar whom he met in the last few days.
 There was a possibility of an alliance with leaders of many “like-minded” parties including Janata dal (U), RJD and RLD had a series of meetings with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav. Early this week when PK had a long meeting with the Chief Minister, speculations gained ground that Congress might go for an alliance with SP.
 Even Yadav gave positive indications when he said that if Congress and Samajwadi Party want to forge an alliance, can anyone stop them. Who can stop us if both the parties decide to join hands?” the Chief Minister had said.
He had said that he has asked Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) to consider all options and possible outcome of the alliance. “We have to assess who will benefit from the alliance. It is up to the party president Mulayam Singh Yadav to decide on the grand alliance issue. Whatever I have to say I will discuss in the party forum,” he said.
Incidentally, Akhilesh Yadav has always been against any electoral pact. Three months back when Shivpal Singh Yadav had inked a pack with Quami Ekta Dal, he revolted and said: “If we can strengthen our booth, we can win the election hands down. There is no need to have any alliance.”
Sources in the party said that Akhilesh was able to convince Mulayam Singh that the party would gain if it contests alone. Secondly, there were unreasonable demands from other parties. The RLD asked for 70 seats while Congress wanted to contest over 120 seats. If we agree to such seat division, the Samajwadi Party is left with just 200 plus seats to contest.
“In 2012 we had won 229 seats and in 83 seats we were second. So obviously we want to contest 350 plus seats. It is a good decision that Netaji has said no to any alliance,” a senior SP leader said.

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