Blaming the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) for the Congress’ debacle in the assembly elections, party’s state president Raj Babbar has said that the workers actually wanted them to contest the elections alone and not be shackled by the ties with Yadav’s party. He further said, “We conducted post-poll review meetings, where workers expressed their view that we should have contested alone. But we also know that it was a unanimously taken decision,” The Indian Express quoted Raj Babbar as saying.
He further went on to say that Samajwadi Party also wanted to form an alliance. “Alliance was a unanimously taken decision and we too had long discussions before it.’’ He also said, “I respect him (Mulayam) as a senior leader but he should talk to his own people and speak about it internally first,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying. The assembly elections had given a huge win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had projected the face of PM Narendra Modi in all its campaigns. Thereafter, Yogi Adityanath, party’s MP was unanimously appointed as the new chief minister of the state.
However, the strategy of the Congress party after the post-poll review has changed and now the party will be contesting the upcoming local elections alone. In response to it, Kironmoy Nanda said that the alliance for the assembly elections “is over” and there is no commitment for the formation of any tie-up in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.