Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Mulayam Singh Yadav's low poll profile raises questions about his relevance

Mulayam Singh Yadav's low poll profile raises questions about his relevance

When pressed about whether he would consider partnering with the BSP given what the exit polls were suggesting, significantly Akhilesh said no one wants to see President's Rule in UP.

Yesterday, Samajwadi Party leader Ravidas Malhotra also regretted the party's alliance with the Congress and said that the ruling party hasn't benefitted at all from the alliance. Singh told News18, that Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav neither had any issue nor any concrete plan for the elections.

"I can not say anything about an alliance at this hour because we are going to form government on our own. I'm confident the SP-Congress alliance will win majority and form the government", Akhilesh Yadav told BBC Hindi today after exit polls released their projections.

"I have always treated the BSP (Mayawati's party) with respect, so it's natural for people to assume we may seek her help". Angry SP legislators and supporters descended on the guest house on Mirabai Marg in Lucknow where Ms. Mayawati was staying and assaulted her, bringing to an end that relationship.

Akhilesh Yadav's comments came even as exit polls on Thursday indicated a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh.

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Does this remark imply an admission of defeat from the Chief Minister?

Times Now-VMR exit poll points to a possible clear majority in favour of BJP with 190-210 seats. In the interview, Yadav confidently said that SP-Congress alliance will form the government in UP. In Uttarakhand and Goa, the exit polls put the BJP ahead of the Congress.

BSP sources said that "We will wait and watch for the election results, as of now not we are not thinking of an alliance with anyone,".

Of course, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, would have to set aside the bitterness of the past first: in 1993, the SP and the BSP contested the Assembly polls in undivided Uttar Pradesh together, won 176 seats and formed the government under Mulayam Singh Yadav with outside support of the then Janata Dal and the Congress. He had said he considered BJP and not BSP risky for the country.

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