Jolt To Congress, SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav Rules Out Alliance Ahead Of 2019 General Elections

| January 10 , 2018 , 09:43 IST

The Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections 2017 saw the coming together of Samajwadi Party and the Congress, with their respective young leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi joining hands. However, the alliance was not able to beat the 'saffron wave' of BJP and lost to the BJP which won with an overwhelming majority.

While Rahul Gandhi, recently appointed Congress President, has moved on to take up the mantle of the head post of India's oldest political party, Akhilesh Yadav is preparing for the "crucial" 2019 general elections, for which on Wednesday he ruled out an alliance with the Congress.

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Former UP CM Yadav, terming the process of talks and seat negotiations a waste of time, said that his priority was strengthening the party organisation and ruled out alliances.

"The 2019 election is certainly crucial as the message from Uttar Pradesh will go out to the entire country. As of now, I am not thinking of an alliance with any party. It (alliance talks and seat negotiations) wastes a lot of time and I don't want to be in confusion (over seats)," Yadav said to PTI.

"There is time before the elections. The Lok Sabha polls are in 2019. We are presently working on each seat, going through local equations for selection of candidates," he said.

"We have a strong organisational base in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. We are also working in Uttarakhand and Rajasthan," Yadav added.

Describing his style of politics as "different" Yadav said that the party could bargain at later stages and is open to "friendships" with like-minded parties, Although his current priority was to strengthen the organisation of the party.