UP Assembly polls: Akhilesh Yadav hints at alliance with BSP

Yadav said that if the SP-Congress fell short of numbers, they would not mind joining hands with BSP in an attempt to keep the BJP out.

UP Assembly polls: Akhilesh Yadav hints at alliance with BSP

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has hinted at sewing an alliance with the BSP if he fell short of numbers as exit polls pointed towards a hung assembly in Uttar Prades.

"I cannot comment on the alliance right now. Because, I am quite sure of winning the elections with a majority. But, I have given a special name to my relation with the BSP supremo, hence, people, I know, have been speculating over the possibility of our alliance," Akhilesh told a TV Channel when asked about the possibility of the alliance.

Yadav said that if the SP-Congress fell short of numbers, they would not mind joining hands with BSP in an attempt to keep the BJP out. "I have always treated BSP president with respect and have referred to her as 'bua' but as of now, we are coming back to power on our own," he said.

When questioned further, Akhilesh said, "We are sure that the SP-Congress will win maximum seats in the assembly. But, we don't know about the circumstances after results. So, let's see. If it's required to form a government... Nobody would want President rule in the state and that the BJP runs it through a remote control. Nobody would want that."

It may be recalled that in their first joint press conference in Lucknow in January to announce the alliance, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had stated that he had 'utmost respect' for Mayawati. Throughout the election campaign, Gandhi chose not to attack the BSP.