1. Like Bihar, will Uttar Pradesh also see grand alliance ahead of polls?

Like Bihar, will Uttar Pradesh also see grand alliance ahead of polls?

Last Year, Mulayam Singh Yadav had left Bihar’s grand alliance on learning about JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar’s meeting with the Congress top leaders.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 28, 2016 5:56 PM
While Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi have respect for each other at the personal level, they had been at loggerheads politically. (The Indian Express) While Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi have respect for each other at the personal level, they had been at loggerheads politically. (The Indian Express)

Amid talks of formation of a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, which is going on polls, early next year, all eyes are on state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, due to not-so-comfortable relation Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Last Year, Mulayam Singh Yadav had left Bihar’s grand alliance on learning about JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar’s meeting with the Congress top leaders. Things have cganged since then.Grand Alliance won Bihar assembly elections after a defeat in the 2014 general elections. Apart from this, the fued within the Samajwadi Party in recent days has also weakened it.

Mulayam, has never been against taking support from the Congress, as he did in 1989. He had also offered support to the UPA, which was declined by the Congress chief, a ‘Hindustan Times’ report has said.

Now that generation shift is taking place and both Akhilesh and Rahul are expected to take over the mettle of the party sooner or later, while they have respect for each other at the personal level, they had been at loggerheads politically.

However, both leaders follow philosophy of ‘ekla chalo’. But since BJP has become more stronger now, both may go for an alliance.

On Thursday, Congress MLAs, who met Rahul Gandhi, had advocated on alliance with secular forces, which the later also responded positively, some reports have said.

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