Amid the speculation for the creation of a grand alliance, Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who is preparing a road map for the party, has met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today. Samajwadi Party had recently hinted about the alliance ahead of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh scheduled next year. Both held a two-hour long meeting at Yadav’s Delhi residence. Though Samajwadi Party is passing through a tough time with family strife threatening to split the party. This meet comes at a crucial stage as both parties have not managed to enthuse voters who are likely to abandon them in the next poll.
Kishor, along with Amar Singh, reached Mulayam’s residence on Tuesday evening, apparently to discuss the possibility of an alliance before the poll dates are announced.
Sources confirmed that Kishor met Yadav. There was talk in political circles that Yadav spoke with JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also in Delhi. However, there was no immediate confirmation.
Last week, Mulayam’s younger brother and state SP chief Shivpal Singh had met JD(U)’s K C Tyagi and RLD chief Ajit Singh to invite them to SP’s 25th anniversary in Lucknow on November 5. Shivpal had said Lohiaites and followers of Charan Singh should join hands to beat BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Now, this meeting may script the emergence of alliance of arch rivals.
Before this, the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.