1. ‘Unholy’ grand alliance on cards in UP: Will Prashant Kishor effect Diwala or Diwali for SP, Congress?

‘Unholy’ grand alliance on cards in UP: Will Prashant Kishor effect Diwala or Diwali for SP, Congress?

Samajwadi Party, Congress, JD(U), RJD, RLD and some other small parties are reportedly trying to forge a grand alliance on the lines of Bihar for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017.

By: | Published: October 28, 2016 5:47 PM
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Samajwadi Party, Congress, JD(U), RJD, RLD and some other small parties are reportedly trying to forge a ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) on the lines of Bihar for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. Amidst family feud for power in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, state unit chief of the party Shivpal Yadav and his son Aditya Yadav today met Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh in Delhi.

Amidst family feud for power in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, state unit chief of the party Shivpal Yadav and his son Aditya Yadav today met Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh in Delhi. Though Shivpal said he was in Delhi only to invite Ajit for SP’s 25th-anniversary celebrations in Lucknow on November 5, reports said that Shivpal also had a closed-door meeting with Congress strategist Prashant Kishor for about two hours.

With rumours of grand alliance floating around, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar added some fuel to the fire, saying the first attempt to form such grand alliance had failed before Bihar Assembly elections last year, but attempts for that goal should not be stopped. Shivpal even said he is trying to unite followers of Ram Manohar Lohiya and Chaudhary Charan Singh to stop BJP from winning in UP.

Dainik Bhaskar reported sources as saying that Prashant Kishor would now frame SP’s strategy for the elections. JD(U) leader KC Tyagi played an important role in arranging the meeting. It is believed that Kishor’s meeting with Shivpal had the permission of the Congress leadership.

The report said that Prashant Kishor is just one aspect of the grand alliance, the other aspect is to forge a formidable alliance of all other parties to stop BJP. It is being said Tyagi talked to the Congress leadership on the instruction of Nitish.

Kishor had success with the grand alliance formula in Bihar. But UP is a different case and way more complex. It is unlikely that BSP chief Mayawati would be a part of any such alliance. Secondly, the SP hasn’t yet made anything clear about the role and position of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, who, despite being in the party,  appears to be walking an independent path.

Even if Kishor manages to get a grand alliance on the lines of Bihar to play his tricks, the alliance would not be a holy one. It would be interesting to see if Kishor would effect a Diwala or Diwali for SP and Congress.

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