UP Election: Shivpal Yadav says no information about SP-Congress tie-up talk
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav last week said an alliance of SP and Congress can win over 300 seats in the 403-member House
Amid reports of possible SP-Congress alliance in upcoming UP assembly election, Samajwadi Party state president Shivpal Yadav on Thursday said he doesn’t have any information about such talks.
Keeping the doors open for an alliance with the Congress, the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav last week said the combine can win over 300 seats in the 403-member House.
However, while answering queries from media persons on reports of SP-Congress tie-up, Shivpal said: "I don't have any information about any initiative of talks with Congress for alliance."
"We have declared names of 176 candidates. SP central board will declare remaining names soon," he quoted by PTI as further saying.
Akhilesh earlier suggested that Congress will have to accept that it may have to fight on a fewer number of seats than it wants in an alliance because a tie-up will not work out if it keeps thinking about “profit and loss”.
“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,” said Akhilesh Yadav.
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile, BSP supremo Maywati criticised the possible SP-Congress tie-up, saying "only weak needs support."
"Only weak needs support, they (Samajwadi Party) are in power and got clear majority also. They could have done a lot and now they are keen on an alliance. It shows the poor condition of the ruling party in the state," she added.