UP Election 2017: Mayawati turns down Akhilesh's hints of an alliance with BSP if mandate remains fractured

In a fast-paced turn of events, BSP turned down Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's offer of joining hands to form the government in case there's a hung Assembly. BSP supremo Mayawati was quoted as saying in CNN-News18 that her party was confident of forming the government on her own.

Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday evening had hinted at the possibility of forming a coalition with rival Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, in case the results reveal a hung Assembly in the state.

Akhilesh Yadav. AP

Akhilesh Yadav. AP

Speaking to BBC Hindi on Facebook live, Akhilesh asserted confidence in Samajwadi Party’s chances in the elections. However, he also indicated that if the Samajwadi Party or any other party does not get a majority in the election results, then instead of President's Rule, he will favour an alliance with Mayawati. The chief minister said that he did not want BJP to get the 'remote control' of Uttar Pradesh.

Akhilesh said, "I'm not talking about the alliance now because the government is going to be of Congress and Samajwadi party. Rahul and I think similarly. Congress also wants the development of Uttar Pradesh. We do not want a government with religious inclinations."

With regards to stepmother Sadhana Gupta joining politics, Akhilesh said, "No one can be stopped from joining politics. Anyone who wants can come in." He also denied having any feud with uncle senior party leader Shivpal Yadav.

When asked about his equation with father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh said: "Netaji campaigned wherever he wanted, I did not say anything."

He conceded that Priyanka and Rahul made the Congress-SP alliance happen. Akhilesh said people like Prashant Kishor work in a different manner but given that politics is changing these days, people like him are required.

Akhilesh, when asked about Gayatri Prajapati, said that the Supreme Court is supervising the case and he has asked the police to deal with it in an unbiased manner.

A woman has alleged that Prajapati had raped her when she met him three years ago. She alleged that she was raped when she fell unconscious after taking tea laced with a sedative. Prajapati took some photos of the victim and then threatened to make them public and continued to rape her for two years.

Gayatri Prajapati is a senior Samajwadi Party leader close to both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav and is the party candidate from Amethi

On being asked about the Lucknow encounter, Akhilesh said that police and the government should ensure that no other youth goes into terrorist activities.

Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 20:35 PM

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