UP Assembly Election: Mulayam Singh rules out SP-Congress alliance, announces candidates for 325 seats
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Mulayam also announced candidates for 325 of the 403 UP Assembly seats, including 176 sitting MLAs in the list
Giving a major jolt to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the Congress in the upcoming state assembly election.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Mulayam also announced candidates for 325 of the 403 UP Assembly seats, including 176 sitting MLAs in the list.
"I have already said that there will be no alliance with anyone,” Mulayam was quoted saying while addressing the party workers in SP headquarters. The SP supremo also said he will decide the final list when it comes to ticket distribution.
Some of the party’s heavy weights whose names already figured in the list include Shivpal Yadav, who will contest from Jaswant Nagar, and Rakesh, son of former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma.
The SP patriarch added that the names of candidates for rest of the 78 seats would be announced soon and also said SP will not announce the name Chief Ministerial candidate before elections.
Surprisingly, Mulayam hasn't announced the name of Akhilesh, or himself in the first list, leading to speculations of a clear rift between the patriarch and Akhilesh.
But, Akhilesh is likely to contest from Bundelkhand of Western UP, in an effort to become a mass leader similar to Mulayam, by building his own base outside the ambit of Yadav base.
Mulayam has given seat to Sigbatullah Ansari, who is the brother of notorious criminal, Mukhtar Ansari, and Atiq Ahmed, a gangster accused of at least 40 criminal cases including of murder and attempt to murder, further alienating himself from Akhilesh, who was vocal against giving tickets to candidates with a shady past.