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Akhilesh Yadav breaks silence on Priyanka Gandhi's political debut

The SP chief had said a few days ago that the SP decided not to include the Congress in the alliance because he did not want to go into arithmetic of dividing seats. 

Akhilesh Yadav breaks silence on Priyanka Gandhi's political debut

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday finally broke his silence over Congress party's decision to appoint Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the general secretary of the eastern region of the state, saying that he supports Priyanka's formal entry into politics.

"Young people are being given a chance to prove themselves and the Samajwadi Party is really happy about it. I would like to congratulate Congress and its president [Rahul Gandhi]. They took a right decision [of appointing Priyanka as Uttar Pradesh (East) general secretary]," Akhilesh was quoted as saying by ANI.

Akhilesh's remark is notable because he has already ditched Congress to stitch an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The SP chief had said a few days ago that the SP decided not to include the Congress in the alliance because he did not want to go into arithmetic of dividing seats. "I decided to correct my poll arithmetic and did it through this alliance," he told PTI.

It may be recalled that the SP and Congress had forged an alliance in the 2017 Assembly Election in Uttar Pradesh but the alliance failed to get votes and both parties suffered huge defeats. "This defeat again was because of incorrect election arithmetic," Akhilesh said.

Meanwhile, the Congress has announced that it would field its candidates from all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. Congress President made his intentions clear by appointing Priyanka as the general secretary of UP (East) and Jyotiraditya Scindia as general secretary of UP (West) respectively.

Rahul's decision to bring Priyanka formally into politics is seen by many as a step which would strengthen Congress's position in UP. 

(With inputs from agencies)