KANNAUJ, UTTAR PRADESH:A day before what is tipped to be the announcement of his grand alliance with Mayawati for the national election, dropped a strong hint that the Congress was likely to be out of the “club” as he spoke to NDTV.
“We can give the Congress two seats in Uttar Pradesh they have always held,” Akhilesh Yadav said, but refused to give a direct answer on whether the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the general election due by May would include Rahul Gandhi’s party.
“I don’t want to say anything about the Congress because first we need to resolve the alliance of Samajwadi Party and BSP.”
Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati have called a joint press conference tomorrow at noon at a five-star hotel in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. The two parties have been in talks for weeks and last week, their meeting in Delhi raised a lot of talk over reports that the two former chief ministers had decided on their pact as well as the allocation of seats, leaving the Congress out of the equation.
The Mayawati-Akhilesh combo is believed to have decided not to field candidates in Amethi and Raebareli, the seats held by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president, and his mother Sonia Gandhi.