The minister has been dividing time between the ministry and the state for the past few weeks.
In a setback for the Congress, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav says he will ‘consult’ GGP, BSP for Madhya Pradesh elections.
In the list, SP MLA Shivpal has appointed Yadavs in Etawah, Etah, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Azamgarh, Ballia, Mau, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Farrukhabad and Faizabad districts of Uttar Pradesh.
“The Kanwariyas come out in saffron T-shirts which have Modi on the front side and Yogi on the back. They have swords in one hand and alcohol bottle in the other. I do not know how Shiva can be pleased with this,” the SP leader told the Indian Express.
The SP started the sammelans from Amethi on Tuesday. In the next 12 days, meetings will be held in Sultanpur, Jaunpur, Bhadohi, Varanasi, Chandauli, Sonbhadra, Mirza-pur, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Fatehpur and Rae Bareli.
In his address, Mulayam Yadav asked party workers to promise him that they will ensure that SP returns to power in Uttar Pradesh and becomes part of the government at the Centre.
Sidartha Nath Singh said that questions were being raised whether Akhilesh would be able to handle a “grand-alliance” and criticised him for attempting to deflect the question.
The SP, which initiated alliance with BSP in Lok Sabha bypolls and Rajya Sabha elections early this year, sources said, is yet to reach any conclusion over seat sharing with Congress.
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“If we contest elections together, it will leave a positive impact on the common man,” he said in an apparent reference to SP president Akhilesh Yadav.
SP district president in Etawah, Gopal Yadav, informed that a vulgar video of a woman was uploaded and someone identified her as the party woman office bearer.
“Samajwadi people are ready (for the Lok Sabha elections). What is our strategy, we will not disclose. But its implementation has begun and see their condition,” Yadav told reporters.
While TRS member D Srinivas has written to Naidu, expressing his confidence in him, BJD leader Prasanna Acharya said his party has full confidence in Naidu and is satisfied with his running of the House.
Congress sources said the primary job is to bring together all opposition parties on “one platform” without “any confusion and disruption”. “What happens after that will depend on how different parties perform,” a senior leader said. The Congress feels that discussing a post-poll scenario could prove counter-productive and “divisive” for the opposition alliance, they pointed out.
Amar Singh, who was expelled from the SP last year, denied reports that he may be joining a BJP ally, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), in the near future.