Uttar Pradesh polls: Sharad Yadav, Ajit Singh meet Mulayam Singh, talk stitching up alliance

During the meeting, several issues, including ticket distribution, were briefly discussed, but no concrete proposal was formalised, sources said.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published:November 10, 2016 1:57 am
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Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RLD chief Ajit Singh Wednesday met Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav at his residence here to discuss modalities of an alliance for the Uttar Pradesh polls.

During the meeting, several issues, including ticket distribution, were briefly discussed, but no concrete proposal was formalised, sources said. Mulayam is learnt to have told Yadav and Singh that he will get back to them after discussing the issue within his party.

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The SP has declared candidates on some seats and sounded aspirants on many others. These include several seats in western UP, where RLD has stakes. “It was a brief meeting over breakfast, as Mulayam Singh Yadav had to catch a flight to Lucknow. A clear picture will emerge after a party meeting in Lucknow on the issue,” a source said.

Sharad Yadav and Ajit Singh did not divulge details.

Earlier, Singh had said “give and take” is necessary if an alliance has to be forged, while JD(U) leader K C Tyagi had voiced disappointment over Mulayam’s silence on the issue when leaders of several parties attended SP’s silver jubilee celebrations in Lucknow on November 5.

Besides Yadav and Singh, H D Deve Gowda of JDS, Lalu Prasad of RJD and Abhay Chautala of INLD were present at the November 5 event.

With the BJP raising issues of triple talaq and migration of Hindus from communally charged Kairana during its Parivartan Yatra, RLD and JD(U) have accused the party of pursuing an “overall strategy of polarisation”.

On a day Yadav and Singh met Mulayam, RLD leader and Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary told The Indian Express that the BJP will try to make communal statements and build up an atmosphere of polarisation. JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi said communal polarisation in UP is a bigger challenge than it was in Bihar, and that the parties that want to stop BJP should join hands. “They (BJP) are trying to portray a community as criminals. Their sole strategy will be to make such statements and build an atmosphere. We have said we will not let western UP become a nursery for communal hatred,” Chaudhary said.

Tyagi said, “BJP started its Parivartan Yatra from Saharanpur. One should remember that from Muzaffarnagar, where communal riots broke out before 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Darul Uloom Deoband and Kairana are not far off. The issues raised by BJP there are triple talaq and Hindu migration. While slamming BSP and SP for sheltering criminals, Amit Shah took only Muslim names. All this should leave no doubt what BJP wants.”

So far, there has been no direct talk between leaders of the Congress and SP on the alliance issue, but Congress’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor has met Mulayam and SP general secretary Amar Singh in Delhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow over the last few days.

The Congress has said that Kishor has met the SP leaders in his personal capacity.