Akhilesh Yadav announces to fight solo in 2022 UP assembly elections

The Samajwadi Party had joined hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party for the Loksabha elections, despite which the alliance faces defeat.


Lucknow | SP president Akhilesh Yadav, who has been silent over the issues of parting ways with the BSP after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, at last on Monday announced that his party would go alone in the in 2022 assembly polls in the state.

On 9 September the so-called Mahagathbandhan of SP and BSP that was announced before 2019 Lok Sabha polls, seems to have completely collapsed with Samajwadi party, after BSP, announcing to go in alone in 2022 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to media at a press conference to announce about his rescheduled visit to Rampur, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on the question on BSP, refused to comment. We will be contesting the 2022 state assembly elections on our own.

Indicating tie-ups with smaller parties instead of the big ones for the by-polls on 13 assembly seats, Akhilesh said, “Our experience with big parties is not hidden from anyone, hence we might be looking for some tie-ups with small parties”.

The SP had joined hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party for the Lok Sabha elections, despite which the alliance faced defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. Soon after the debacle, BSP called off the alliance.

In 2017 assembly polls, the SP had contested in alliance with the Congress but did not work out, and the alliance was called off later on.

Interestingly, on 23 August, a former ally of Yogi Adityanath government and chief of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, OM Prakash Rajbhar had met Akhilesh Yadav at SP headquarters in Lucknow. The meeting between the two leaders lasted for an hour.

The meeting between Rajbhar and the SP Chief had trigged speculation of a possible understanding between the two parties. Out of 13 assembly seats, Rajbhar’s SBSP may help the SP on two seats of Purvanchal, namely Jalalpur assembly seat in Ambedkarnagar and Balha assembly seat in Bahraich.

The SP had recently dissolved the party’s entire Uttar Pradesh unit, including the state executive and district and Youth wings. The SP chief also asked his party workers to prepare well for the bypolls on a serious note.

“The common people are fed up with BJP rule and we should be aiming at winning all assembly seats in the bypolls”, Yadav said.

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