Post-poll alliance with Cong open: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav has hurled broad hints for a post-poll alliance with the Congress.

Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012, 23:58 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Lucknow: Ahead of the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday hurled broad hints for a post-poll alliance with the Congress.

Yadav, who is the chief of Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh made these hints while talking to a private TV channel.

The surprising disclosure came at a time when UPA partner Trinamool Congress is proving to be a difficult ally. Speculations are high that the tie-up could be part of a bigger plan to bring Samajawadi Party in the UPA fold at the Centre.

Yadav, who kicked off a procession on Tuesday across the state with the message to defeat the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh, was welcomed by scores of supporters during his campaign in Lucknow.

Yadav promised the voters that if Samajwadi Party came to power, they would ensure that law and order would be restored in the state, and state would move on the path of development.

"As far as the law and order of the state is concerned, we assure people that Samajwadi Party will take the responsibility and we guarantee that nobody anywhere will flout any law. If anybody breaks the law, then Samajwadi Party will take the responsibility of punishing them," said Yadav.

"Our priorities are that the farmers in the state should be happy, corruption should be rooted out and Uttar Pradesh should tread on the path of development. Presently, Uttar Pradesh is lacking behind in every field, our party wants to lead the state towards development with our policies," he added.

Meanwhile, Congress has dismissed SP`s idea of a post-poll tie-up.

"We have presented ourselves as an alternative to the political forces which are ruling UP or have ruled UP in the past......We are our own A team whether in UP or any other state. If anybody is creating any confusion that we are their B team or C team, let me dispel it once and for all," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.