After exit polls, SP leader grumbles: ‘Suffered because of Congress alliance’

Outgoing minister accuses Congress of sabotage, says SP could have won UP on its own.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: March 10, 2017 9:30 am
Samajwadi Party Candidate Ravidas Mehrotra on way to file his nomination for 2017 elections. Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav. 30.01.2017.

The very day the exit polls put BJP on top in Uttar Pradesh, an outgoing Samajwadi Party minister spoke out against the alliance with the Congress, saying the SP had to suffer because of it. Ravidas Mehrotra, family welfare minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, has contested from Lucknow Central, where the Congress too fielded a candidate. The SP gave its symbol to Mehrotra, the Congress gave its own to Maroof Khan, and both carried their campaign through, although the Congress claimed had asked Maroof to withdraw.

Mehrotra alleged that Congress candidates contesting against SP candidates in some seats sabotaged the election even if it meant making things easier for other parties including BJP. Even Maroof has said two alliance candidates from the same seat might have helped BJP candidate Brijesh Pathak, who had joined the BJP after leaving the BSP just before the election.

“It is my personal opinion that we had to suffer because of the alliance,” Mehrotra said in Lucknow. “It might benefit Congress but it did not help the Samajwadi Party. Instead, Congress rebel candidates contesting seats given to the SP sabotaged the election.”

He said he feels that if the alliance had not taken place, the SP would have been capable of forming the government on its own again as the public, according to him, had made up its mind to give a second chance to Akhilesh as chief minister. He said the SP would have won more seats than it is going to. At the same time, however, Mehrotra maintained that he is confident that even in this scenario, Akhilesh would form the government again.

“Meri vyaktigat rai hai ki Congress se gathbandhan se nuksan hua,” said Ravidas. “Janata ka mood ban chuka tha Akhilesh ko chief minister banane ka.”

Asked about Mehrotra’s statement, Congress senior spokesperson Satyadev Tripathi said he did not believe it was a view shared by the alliance partner. “It is the personal opinion of an individual minister, who has been hurt because Congress leader Maroof Khan contested against him,” Tripathi said. “We do not regard his opinion as the opinion of the Samajwadi Party. The results will tell what succeeded and what failed.”

Asked about the exit polls, Tripathi said, “We do not believe in exit polls as they were proven wrong in the Bihar polls as well as the Delhi polls. It will be clear in two days.”

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  1. S
    Mar 10, 2017 at 6:23 am
    Mr. Nair i think is a communist = Antham cannot stand Modi winning-😁
    1. S
      Srividya Jayaraman
      Mar 10, 2017 at 3:32 am
      Your name shows your hatred towards Modi. People like you who support your secular party create divide and rule. India is doing very well except for Modi haters of mullas and vaticans
      1. M
        Mar 10, 2017 at 1:07 am
        This is the only time Congress did a good job! Don't ruin their day!
        1. R
          Mar 10, 2017 at 3:31 am
          Voters wish is opposite enjoy
          1. S
            Sambit Patra
            Mar 10, 2017 at 2:21 am
            I forecast 400 seats for Akhilesh Party. But that will be cycle seat.
            1. N
              neeraj agrawal
              Mar 10, 2017 at 4:41 am
              a foolish statement made due to hatred.
              1. R
                Mar 10, 2017 at 6:19 am
                Result yet to come but this guy is true. SP did not benefit from Congress but vice versa is no true.
                1. B
                  Mar 10, 2017 at 3:24 am
                  Yeah some small decision and implementation of Modi Govt have become unpleasant But there is no double speak about his hard work and respect for work and not to person policy, is quite appreciable. No matter however big the person is, if his contribution is nothing then he is made nothing and easily sidelined. What we see in the present BJP ,support this view only. The only workhorse getting rewarded and nobody else. It looks like a wise decision. Congress could not understand this . Perhaps because of this mind set cong is suffering at present. Leader is not necessarily required to be a reader in Harvard or in Cambridge or oxford but he should be a reader of public mind , he should be a reader of the present surrounding atmosphere . This basic wisdom is not visible with Rahul and this is the cause of his suffering.
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