Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 26 November
Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav has put pressure on the Aam Aadmi Party to forge an alliance with his party and share seats with it in the assembly elections to be held in Delhi.
Yadav wants the AAP to adjust the SP as a reciprocal gesture if the former is accommodated in the SP-led alliance for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Yadav is believed to have placed this condition on AAP during a meeting with AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Sanjay Singh in Lucknow on Wednesday. The two leaders had met in Uttar Pradesh to explore the possibility of an alliance between their two parties.
SP and AAP are the major players in the politics of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi respectively. AAP is in power in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The SP is leading a coalition of around four smaller parties and has left the door open for more political parties to be roped in to challenge the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
A source said on the condition of anonymity that when Singh took the fray for an alliance between the two parties to avoid a split of non-BJP votes to defeat the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh, Yadav was elected to the Legislative Assembly. During this, sought earlier views regarding Delhi. There are elections in the future.
It is said about Yadav that if AAP is electorally accommodated in Uttar Pradesh then AAP should adjust SP in Delhi as a reciprocal gesture. Sources said this would help strengthen the opposition unit to defeat the BJP at the national level.
Also it is said that Yadav is hesitant about the list of 25 seats given by Singh to Yadav, which you can leave in the alliance.
However, the meeting between the two remained fruitless.
After Yadav told Singh that he would discuss AAP’s proposal for an alliance in his party forum, Singh assured to take up the ties between the two parties in Delhi with his party’s national convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Sources close to Yadav said that the chances of an alliance between the two parties in Uttar Pradesh are slim in the present circumstances.
The AAP is trying to open an account of seats in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, after Kejriwal had recently visited the state and offered prayers at the birthplace of Lord Ram, who is known for his soft-Hinduism to align with the Hindu community. There was a clear move to signal the stance. BJP.