Apparently miffed over the exclusion of the lone Samajwadi Party MLA in the Cabinet of Congress-led Government in Madhya Pradesh, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that his party would go for an alliance of non-Congress parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The SP chief slammed the Congress for not including the lone SP legislator in the MP Cabinet saying, “He was excluded even as my party extended unconditional support to the Kamal Nath government.”
“Samajwadi Party will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in alliance with non-Congress parties but will keep all options open and decide about it in near future,” said the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
“I want to thank both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party for removing all obstacles from my party’s way and enabling it to charter an independent course in politics,” Akhilesh said.
Without naming any party, the SP chief said, “I remember each word said for the Samajwadi Party over its alliance with other parties for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”
Akhilesh lashed out at the BJP for making him realise that he was from the backward caste. “I never thought about my caste and wanted to take along all sections of society for development but the BJP won the 2017 UP assembly poll by deceit and cheating the people.”
On attempts of Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao to float a third front comprising non-BJP and non-Congress parties, Akhilesh opined, “I am looking forward to meeting the Telangana CM. We were scheduled to meet either on December 25 or 26 but he meeting did not materialise for some reason. I will soon seek appointment with KCR and may go to Hyderabad to meet him.”
In an apparent dig at the Yogi Adityanath government for its decision to install the statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan, the SP chief said, “The BJP government has started a new tradition by putting up statues of political leaders in the building. We will follow them when our party comes to power.”
Targeting Governor Ram Naik over law and order, Akhilesh said, “When I was the Chief Minister, the Raj Bhawan was hyperactive over law and order situation. The Governor is now maintaining a studied silence and those responsible for deterioration of law and order are being honoured in Raj Bhawan.”