What Akhilesh said about the tie up with BSP in UP

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2017

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said: "Akhilesh Yadav has shown his weakness; his claim of getting complete majority proved false".

The "Sons of UP" are seen to be a distant second, notching up no more than 130.

Not only is the common thread in all the exit polls that the BJP is emerging as the single largest party in UP, in the wide range of 164 to 279, without projecting a Chief Ministerial candidate, it may even pick up Manipur, an old Congress bastion, for the first time. This is perhaps the scenario that Akhilesh had in mind while declaring his willingness to tie up with the BSP.

Defending MSY's brother Shivpal Yadav in the SP feud, Sadhna said he was not at fault. She added that people should not have got the courage to say so many things about me. The BSP would finish third.

Interestingly, Akhilesh used the relation of Bua-Bhatija (nephew-aunt), the same address he has used to take a dig on the BSP supremo, to say that he respects Mayawati as a leader after she considers him his nephew.

Meanwhile, a significant indication given by Akhilesh Yadav has surprised everyone.

Akhilesh Yadav, who had only days ago ruled out a post-poll alliance with the BSP, has been quoted by BBC Hindi today as saying that if there is a hung assembly in the state on Saturday, when results will be announced, he will prefer a partnership with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party over President's Rule in the state to prevent "remote control rule by the BJP", which heads the central government.

After all the key players talked about notching up 300 plus of the 403 seats, talks of a hung house suddenly gained momentum in the last phases of polling with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself flagging the possibility of a hung assembly in the state.

Since PM Modi himself spearheaded the BJP campaign, its victory will put a final stamp on the popularity of PM Modi and the approval of his policies - especially demonetisation - by masses.

The stakes are even higher for UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh's wife Sadhna Yadav on Tuesday said she has been insulted a lot.

Also, much before the real results are out, Akhilesh-loyalists are busy defending their leader.

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