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Akhilesh by his side, Hardik says ‘willing to join any anti-BJP front’

Asked if he will contest Lok Sabha polls, Hardik said he will contest to “save the Constitution”. He, however, did not clarify where he will contest from.

Ready to join any ‘anti-BJP front’: Hardik Patel
Akhilesh and Hardik Patel in Lucknow Thursday. Vishal Srivastav

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday held a press conference with Patidar leader Hardik Patel at the SP office in Lucknow and slammed the BJP government at the state and the Centre.

While talking to the media, Akhilesh praised Hardik and said he has struggled and has found a way to say what he feels through a very difficult path. Hardik said, “I hope UP plays a significant role in the Lok Sabha election this time, like it did in 2019 when a person from Gujarat got to run the country after winning in UP.”

The Patidar leader also said he salutes the CRPF personnel from UP who were killed in the Pulwama attack.
Speaking about development in Gujarat, Hardik said, “The country is dealing with several issues right now. Farmers are in distress, the youth is unemployed. The Gujarat model the PM talks about was not like this earlier. The Gujarat model is used for politics. Today, there is no water for irrigation in 20 districts of the state. The youth in Gujarat are still battling unemployment, farmers are committing suicide even today. Anyone who speaks against the PM is either a part of the Opposition or is anti-national,” Hardik said.

Speaking about his meetings with people in Pratapgarh, Sultanpur and Mirzapur, he said, “People are not ready to call the CM a Yogi. They call him Ajay Bisht. They are fed up of the BJP.”

Asked if he would campaign for the SP-BSP alliance, he said, “I am willing to join any anti-BJP front. Anyone who unites to fight against the BJP and save the Constitution, I will support them. If I am on a platform with SP or BSP, I am their friend.”

Speaking about the Congress, he said it is a good thing they have roped in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in UP. “We are not like the BJP that we will interfere in how other parties function and contest the elections. What will be the difference between us and them (BJP) then,” he added. Asked if he will contest Lok Sabha polls, Hardik said he will contest to “save the Constitution”. He, however, did not clarify where he will contest from.

Akhilesh, meanwhile, slammed the state government for holding inaugurations in the state on the day of the Pulwama attack.