Forged alliance with Samajwadi Party because of Akhilesh’s leadership, not yours: Congress tells Mulayam
Mulayam Singh, rejecting the tie-up and refusing to campaign for the new political alignment, said Samajwadi Party was capable of winning the election and forming a government on its own and there was no need for any alliance.
In sharp response to Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Yadav's condemnation of the newly forged SP-Congress alliance, the grand old party said the alliance was primarily formed owing to his son and UP chief minister Akhilesh’s leadership and not his.
Earlier, Mulayam Singh, rejecting the tie-up and refusing to campaign for the new political alignment, said Samajwadi Party was capable of winning the election and forming a government on its own and there was no need for any alliance. "We contested the elections alone and we got majority and formed the government," Mulayam said referring to the 2012 assembly polls.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told news agency ANI: "What he (Mulayam) said is entirely his personal opinion. We have formed a strategic alliance with their party and primarily with Akhilesh’s leadership. If there happens to be an important leader who is not happy with the development it is their internal matter.”
Further stating that the majority of voters and party members are with Akhilesh, Dikshit added that the alliance is panning out very well for everyone.
The Congress leader also expressed that he agreed with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s recent statement calling Bharatiya Janata Party’s politics more divisive and threatening than Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s.
Dikshit said the saffron party is responsible for pitting people against each other. “Whether it is a matter of Hindu-Muslim relations or amongst other communities, or the matter of branding their detractors as Anti – nationals, in all matters BJP has played this venomous game and pitted one against another. How they tore the country in the Ram Janm Bhoomi episode is a well known fact which need not be reiterated.”
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in a press conference with Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday, said:“BSP government might have committed mistakes. I personally respect Mayawatiji. I respect Kanshi Ram also and there can be no comparison between Mayawati and BJP.” Earlier in the day, Mulayam ended up giving fodder to the opposition and shocking everyone by voicing his dissent to the newly forged alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress.