Akhilesh Yadav to BBC: Better to ally with Mayawati than to see President Rule in Uttar Pradesh

Yadav's remark came amid the exit poll predicting historic win for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2017 11:17 am
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Confident of Samajwadi Party’s win in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that nobody wants President Rule in the state. On being asked if his party is ready to form an alliance with the BSP, in case it doesn’t get majority, Yadav told BBC that it is better to join hand with Mayawati than to see the state under President Rule. However, in the audio clip tweeted by the BBC, Akhilesh is not heard mentioning the possible alliance with the BSP.

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Yadav’s remark came amid the exit poll predicting historic win for the BJP in the state. While some of the survey predicted BJP emerging as the single largest party in UP, other gave them a clean majority.

Congress once again proved to be a liability for the ruling Samajwadi Party as the alliance failed to gain much from the new friendship.

Akhilesh was involved in a fierce battle with the BJP during the campaigning for the 403-seat state assembly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also trained his guns on the SP-Congress alliance. If at all Akhilesh Yadav decides to ally with the BSP, in case he does not get a majority, it will mark a departure from the acrimonious past the two parties have shared.

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    Devu
    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    India is a strange country. You dont need any qualifications or ability for occupying any post as long as you can oppose BJP and Hinduism. lt;br/gt;This culture has created so many Barkhas, Rajdeeps, Sagarikas, Akileshs, Laloos, Digvijays, Shoba Des and Mahesh Bhatts.
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      IML sood
      Mar 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm
      Akhilesh with Pappu will lick Elephant Queens feet, looks strange!.Will that arrogant lady will allow them to run the Govt. looks doubtful. So these beggars will have to contend without power in UP.
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        IML sood
        Mar 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm
        Cry, cry sore losers,truth is bitter and defeat is hard to digest. Lame excuses for incompetent is known world over.Better not expose yourself to more scorns from public.Khujli,Pappu,Mulla's son, Elephant queen where they will go?
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          MyTake
          Mar 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm
          That's how politician betray the people! Did people had any clue where their vote will end up? May be a law is required if a party after election supports another without previous declaration should automatically loose vote count of one third, otherwise its a mockery of democracy to use people support then use it for other purpose!
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            MyTake
            Mar 10, 2017 at 12:57 am
            One mistake the oppositionwallas did it they did not take into account the youths of India who are adding every year to the voting list! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Do anyone in his/her wildest imagianation think that the sensible youths who have been added to the list since Modi era began will ever vote for anyone other than Modi? lt;br/gt;Plus who other than Modi has given the common men the Hopes and Aspirations?lt;br/gt;By the way what does the opposition know about Hopes and Aspirations of common man? Certainly s t e a l i n g money is not common man's aspiration!!lt;br/gt;That's why the i l l i t e r a t e s and d u m b ones will always remain d u m b and henceforth people will take them for reverse ride!
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              MyTake
              Mar 10, 2017 at 12:45 am
              Punctured bicycle going to chase elephant!
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                Piyush
                Mar 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm
                Sab chor ek sath...pappu bua bhatija...mil k pura Pradesh bech denge 5 din mai
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                  Tapas
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm
                  Bjp will get absolute majority. Checklt;br/gt;It on 11/3
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