Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has said he forged an alliance with the BSP so that his father Mulayam Singh Yadav can win with “record votes” from whichever seat in Uttar Pradesh he chooses to fight the Lok Sabha polls.
His comment came days after SP patriarch Mulayam Yadav – popularly known as ‘Netaji’ expressed “displeasure” over his son’s decision to enter into a tie-up with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Akhilesh said in an interview, “I have made the alliance with the BSP so that ‘Netaji’ can win with record votes in the state from wherever he contests the Lok Sabha polls.”
Mayawati and Akhilesh had jointly announced the alliance in January, saying the BSP and the SP will contest 38 parliamentary seats each out of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh. However, when the parties released the list of seats shared between them, the SP got 37 seats and the BSP 38.
When asked about Mulayam Yadav’s statement last week in which he sought to know the basis for “giving away” 38 seats to the BSP, Akhilesh said, “When I was going to address a press conference to announce the alliance with the BSP, I had met ‘Netaji’ and took his blessings.”
“I had informed that in the alliance we will be getting half of the seats,” he said.
Following the seat-sharing announcement, SP patriarch Mulayam Yadav had said, “Now, we have only half the seats left. Our party was stronger.”