Mulayam PM, Rahul Deputy: Akhilesh’s formula for alliance with Congress

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Father furious Mulayam (Right) with son Akhilesh at a rally in Uttar Pradesh
Mulayam (Right) with son Akhilesh (File Photo: Pramod Adhikari)

Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, on Friday, said his party is all set for an alliance with Congress on the condition that Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2019 election and Rahul Gandhi  his Deputy.

Akhilesh was in an interaction during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi in the presence of the Congress vice president.

Replying to a question on whether he was ready to extend his “good” personal relationship with Gandhi to a political level with the Congress, he said, “You are asking me because I am a Samajwadi (socialist) and you also say that I get rebuked by my father (Mulayam). I also want that Netaji’s dreams are fulfilled and that I work for him. He becomes the Prime Minister and he (pointing at Rahul) Deputy Prime Minister. I am in agreement with this and will make an alliance now.”

The 42-year-old chief minister, however, avoided a question on whether an alliance with its rival BSP, like the one in Bihar where JD(U) and RJD came together, is possible in UP for the 2017 Assembly polls.

“Her (Mayawati) choice is that stone made elephant statues come up. So how is that possible? I have already told you my formula,” said Akhilesh.

He asserted that any relationship with the BJP or any of its associate organisations was not possible “because of the kind of divisions they produce and the language they use.”

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