Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor meets Mulayam Singh Yadav amid talk of possible poll pact

Kishor, along with SP leader Amar Singh, met Yadav at his Delhi residence this evening, apparently to discuss the possibility of an alliance before the poll dates are announced.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 12:28 pm
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Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday held a two-hour meeting with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due early next year.

Kishor, along with SP leader Amar Singh, met Yadav at his Delhi residence this evening, apparently to discuss the possibility of an alliance before the poll dates are announced.

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Sources close to the development confirmed that Kishor met Yadav. There was talk in political circles that Yadav spoke with JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also in Delhi. However, there was no immediate confirmation. Kishor had managed Nitish Kumar’s successful assembly poll campaign last year.

Last week, Mulayam’s younger brother and state SP chief Shivpal Singh had met JD(U)’s K C Tyagi and RLD chief Ajit Singh to invite them to SP’s 25th anniversary in Lucknow on November 5. Shivpal had said Lohiaites and followers of Charan Singh should join hands to beat BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there. The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA. Shivpal had recently blamed his estranged cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for Samajwadi Party’s decision to walk out of the alliance in Bihar.

Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member, has been backing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his fight against Shivpal. Ram Gopal was recently sacked from the party amid escalating tension between the rival camps.

Given the unusual belligerence shown by Akhilesh Yadav, the party apparently wants to fortify its position by bringing in new friends.

The SP’s main aim in the polls is prevent split of Muslim votes for which it is looking for an alliance with secular parties.

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  1. A
    Nov 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm
    inspite of looting so much Indian Money , taking the help of this man simple suggestion to congie party :: didstribute the looted money to 125 crore Indians......confess .......then wait some real social work ...cooperate with the majority Indians.......people will automatically decide......
    1. A
      Nov 2, 2016 at 1:31 am
      Muslims should stay away from SP .....................
      1. G
        Nov 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm
        Pk doing his job wrong way. This is not possible cong and sp to be join each other. Dirty political cong
        1. S
          S Subramaniam
          Nov 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm
          It is to be seen whether Prashant Kishor repeats his performance in the UP embly elections lsimilar to that of Bihar.
          1. O
            Omkar Asthana
            Nov 2, 2016 at 5:25 am
            These moves will compel Muslims to move towards Mayawati SP is a divided house no party would like to join hands with a party which is going to loose BJP with Modi as The only Star ,is banking on Anti Pak hard line consolidating upper caste Hindu votes in UP it would be of interest how these theories work in UP which is not easy to manage in polls
            1. H
              Nov 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm
              Overrated. Election are far too complex .
              1. R
                Nov 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                The pathetic situation to which the "g old party" has been reduced to!
                1. D
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 12:45 am
                  Nitish won Bihar because of alliance between Yadavs, OBC and MBC caste arithmetic. Lalu garnered more seats. Nitish is a lame duck CM dancing to Lalu parivar tunes. PK is more of a conmen.
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