Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that his party was open to an alliance with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh. At a a press conference, he said that “the BJP can be defeated” and “if they have a formula (for the Assembly elections later this year), even the Samajwadi Party and the alliance will have a formula” ready.
Slamming the BJP government on GST and demonetisation, the SP president said that the upcoming election will be fought on issues and not on personalities. He said that the banks are facing huge problems citing the problem of NPAs being faced by them.
Last year, the Samajwadi Party and Congress had contested the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh together. “The Samajwadi Party must have done something right to make people believe that the BJP can be defeated,” Yadav said.
The confirmation from the SP president on tying up with the Congress for the Madhya Pradesh elections is in continuation of the massive opposition unity that is building up against the BJP. Interestingly, the former chief minister’s announcement comes at a time when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is going to address a rally of farmers in Mandsaur marking one year since last year’s police firing.
In the recently held Kairana bypolls, the BJP had to face defeat at the hands of the combined strength of the opposition as the SP, BSP and the Congress supported the RLD candidate against the BJP.