In an attempt to strengthen the caste alliance further, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav met senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and Apna Dal (Krishna Group) president Krishna Patel separately on Wednesday, fuelling speculations of further alliances.
Krishna Patel later declared that her party will share the stage with Samajwadi Party in near future but did not elaborate on the seat arrangement.
The meeting between Akhilesh Yadav and Sanjay Singh took place at Janeshwar Mishra Trust building in Lucknow and it lasted for about an hour. This was the third meeting of the AAP leader and Akhilesh Yadav.
“In an attempt to give respite to the people of Uttar Pradesh from the Bharatiya Janata Party, we are trying to come together and talks on a possible alliance have been initiated,” Singh said.
Recently Singh had visited the residence of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and greeted him on his birthday.
Political pundits believe that if SP and AAP forge an alliance it will boost their chances in the urban areas where the BJP has a stronghold.
Earlier in the day, Krishna Patel met Akhilesh Yadav. She claimed that her deal with the SP was final now and very soon leaders of both parties would share a common platform.
Another faction of Apna Dal led by Union minister Anupriya Patel has an alliance with the ruling BJP.
Akhilesh Yadav has already forged alliance with Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) of Om Prakash Rajbhar which has a strong base among Rajbhar community in east UP.
Besides, the SP also has a tie-up with Mahan Dal, which has its influence among the Maurya-Kachi and Kushwaha community in east and central UP. Last month the SP had entered into an alliance with the Jan Kranti Party dominated by the Lonia community.
Earlier on Tuesday, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary had met with Akhilesh Yadav regarding alliance for the coming UP assembly elections.