SP can tackle communal forces like Narendra Modi: Akhilesh Yadav
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 20:42
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that his party was capable of handling communal forces like Narendra Modi.

The UP CM was quoted by a news agency as saying, "Samajwadi Party has tackled such communal forces many times in the past."

Narendra Modi was declared BJP's prime ministerial candidate for 2014 General elections in September. The Hindi heartland is crucial in Gujarat CM's scheme of things if he wants to occupy the top post in the country. The state has eight Lok Sabha seats.

The BJP did not fare too well in the last Lok Sabha polls in UP and neither did it fare well in the last Assembly polls, when the Samajwadi Party stormed back to power.

No wonder, Modi had named his close confidant Amit Shah as the man-in-charge of the state and it is said that the BJP is aiming to win at least forty seats in UP.

In 1996 when the BJP-led NDA came to power at the Centre for the first time and Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the PM, the party had won 52 seats from UP. However, that government lasted for 13 days. But in 1998 and 1999, when again BJP managed to form the government at the Centre, the party did equally well. And it lost the General Elections in 2004 when it got only 10 seats in the state.

On the other hand, Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh Yadav is aiming to do well in its stronghold in next year's Lok Sabha polls and keep alive its chances of forming a government with a motley of alliances or become the kingmaker if there is a hung Parliament and neither Congress-led UPA nor BJP-led NDA is able to muster a majority.

First Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 20:42

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