Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday ruled out possibility of a joint candidate against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi claiming that secular parties should instead support Samajwadi Party (SP), which is on a strong footing in the Lok Sabha constituency.
“SP is a secular party and strongest in UP. We have our achievements and public support. We are ready to accept support from any secular party. (But) I am not making any appeal for their support,” Akhilesh said during a function where sitting BSP MP Surendra Nagar from Gautam Budha Nagar joined the SP.
Nagar was denied the Lok Sabha ticket by BSP. Akhilesh welcomed Nagar stating that he shared cordial relations with SP and party chief Mulayam Singh in the past also.
“SP has already declared candidates on 78 parliamentary seats and there is no chance of withdrawal for any joint candidate (in Varanasi),” Akhilesh said.
SP has not fielded candidate against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.
Akhilesh also chided at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claiming that the party has done nothing except copying SP’s cap. “Only the colour has been changed from red to white,” he said.
Responding to a query, the chief minister claimed that BJP should come up with an alternative for his various welfare schemes.
“They (BJP) should tell us what alternative they have for our welfare schemes such as laptop distribution and unemployment allowance. They started with development model of Gujarat and have now shifted to communal ways for grabbing power,” Akhilesh remarked.
In a lighter vein, Akhilesh regretted that he is not able to contest Lok Sabha polls. “Don’t know when the next chance will come for being a part of the Lok Sabha. This chance has gone,” Akhilesh stated.
On the occasion, former BJP MLA from Gonda Ram Pratap Singh, former minister Vinod Tiwari (Pilibhit) and former Ghazipur MLA Bholu Sonkar also joined SP.
SP pits Kirti Prakash against modi in Vadodara
After refusing to name a joint candidate against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi, the Samajwadi Party (SP) Tuesday named Kirti Prakash Yadav as party candidate from Vadodra in Gujarat —- the other seat from where Modi is contesting.
The party also announced nine other candidates from other seats in Gujarat. It includes Aadam Nasir Bhai Choudhary from Banaskatha, Babubhai Karsan Bhai from Patan, Irafansha Ratisha from Porbander, Chamadia Altaf Yousuf from Jamnagar, Iqbal Sida from Junagarh, Abzar Ali Sheikha from Kheda, Mavjibhai Titubhai from Dahod, Pareshbhai Bhodhani from Surat and Gauri Kanjibhai Parmar from Rajkot. SP also has fielded Hussain Ali Dal for bypoll in Somnath assembly seat.