Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh chief minister designate Akhilesh Yadav today dismissed speculations of mid-term polls for the Lok Sabha,and said his party’s priority was UP and not a third front.
“Who wants mid-term polls? I do not know from where these talks have begun. SP does not want mid-term polls. We are supporting Congress at the Centre,” Akhilesh told The Indian Express today on the first day of the Budget Session of Parliament.
On whether a third front was on the SP’s priority list,he replied: “Our (SP’s) priority is Uttar Pradesh,not the Third Front. However,he did not reject the idea of the front. “If the new politics is shaping up (at the Centre),let that happen,” he said,on speculation of the emergence of a third front at the Centre. “It is a big challenge to execute and deliver the promises we made. I have to be vigilant,any slip will damage my (political) career. I know this too well,I have to keep the promises and responsibility bestowed on me,” said Akhilesh.
He also made light of the invitations sent to party leaders and non-Congress chief ministers for his swearing-in ceremony,saying that this was a routine affair.
While Akhilesh represents Kannauj LS seat at present,he said he would not contest Assembly polls and would opt for the Legislative Council instead. “I will become an MLC,” he said,replying to a question on which Assembly seat he would choose.