While Mayawati has been projecting her party as the only force to take on the saffron brigade in the face of a weakened Samajwadi Party, BJP on its part is seeking to capitalise by promising development and law and order.
Lalu Prasad said his party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) won’t contest in Uttar Pradesh to strengthen the ruling Samajwadi Party.
Uttar Pradesh elections: Akhilesh confirmed that an alliance with the Congress was certain and an announcement will be made in the next few days.
Akhilesh had earlier said that if the Congress and SP formed an alliance, they could win over 300 seats.
Following the feud between father and son over ticket distribution and control of the Samajwadi Party, the duo had approached the election commission to stake claim over the party symbol.
Samajwadi Party feud: Election Commission will pronounce its order on the party symbol today
The Election Commission on Friday reserved its judgement on the dispute over the Samajwadi Party’s ‘cycle’
The commission is expected to pass an interim order before the notification of polls in Uttar Pradesh on January 17.
Both the camps have staked claim to the party symbol for the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The Samajwadi Party, mired in a fierce fight between Shivpal and Akhilesh, faces a four-way election in Uttar Pradesh
Samajwadi Party feud: Will today’s meeting between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav end the infighting?
On the other hand, Ram Gopal asserted that the faction headed by Akhilesh is the real party.
“EC gave time till January 9 but we have submitted all relevant documents. We brought 7 cartons with more than 1.5 lakh pages,” Ramgopal said.
“The family feud for grabbing power is a shameful act and dangerous for democratic ethics,” said Bharti.
Reports were doing the rounds that Akhilesh was likely to meet Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi early next week and a deal could be struck.