Won’t contest UP assembly polls next year, announces Akhilesh Yadav; says SP-RLD alliance finalised

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Updated: November 01, 2021 3:53 PM

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced that he will not contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, scheduled to be held early next year.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced that he will not contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, scheduled to be held early next year.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced that he will not contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, scheduled to be held early next year, reported news agency PTI.

He also said that an alliance between his party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for the polls has been finalised. “Our alliance with RLD is final. Seat sharing is to be finalised,” he told PTI.

The RLD enjoys support among farmers of Western Uttar Pradesh and is on the same page with the SP on the issue of opposing the Centre’s three farm laws. The SP has already announced an alliance with Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SPSP).

Yadav, who is also SP MP from Azamgarh and the chief minister face of his party, said he will “not be contesting the assembly polls”.

On chances of taking uncle Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) along in the polls, he said, “I don’t have any problem in this. He and his men will be given due honour”.

Terming his party’s tie up with the SBSP as a natural alliance, Yadav said people in eastern Uttar Pradesh have accepted it and it will ensure the BJP’s defeat. On the poll promises made by the SBSP to provide free electricity and RLD of providing over one crore jobs, Yadav said every party has its agenda .

“We all raise issues of farmers, employment, common man. Everyone is releasing their manifesto. If voted to power, our government will try to accommodate them and prepare a common minimum programme,” he said

With all the major players including the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress announcing to go it alone in the upcoming assembly polls, the state is set to witness a multi-cornered contest. The big parties are rather eyeing alliances with smaller caste-specific parties.

Pre-poll surveys have predicted a comfortable victory for the ruling BJP government, but the Samajwadi Party might make some big gains, compared to the 2017 polls. Experts are of the view that a splintered opposition will only help with the saffron party as it will lead to a division of the anti-BJP votes.

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