Grand alliance unlikely in UP, says SP
Ruling out the possibility of a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhury claimed that his party had an alliance with the 22 crore people of the state.
Speaking about JD (U) president Sharad Yadav’s statement of garnering a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Chaudhury said CM Akhilesh Yadav has already made his stand clear about going solo for the UP Assembly in 2017. He stressed only his party could keep communal forces at bay.
Highlighting Akhilesh’s development agenda the SP spokesperson said the government’s multi-pronged development agenda touching every section of society as well as the political will to defeat communal forces would ensure the return of the party in the next election.
On Sunday, JD (U) president Sharad Yadav had spoken of forming an umbrella alliance in UP to consolidate the votes of the marginalised. Responding to a question about the Samajwadi Party joining the alliance he had observed that it was the Samajwadi party which had decided to walk out of the alliance.
The Grand Alliance is backing three Rashtriya Lok Dal candidates for the three Vidhan Sabha seats going for byelections on February 13.