Akhilesh defends SP-Cong alliance again, hopes dad Mulayam will campaign

30 January, New Delhi

A day after the snub from father Mulayam Singh Yadav for Samajwadi Party’s alliance with Congress, the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today defended the alliance and said the tie up “will ensure a big margin victory” for the partners.”We will win anyway, but the alliance with the Congress will ensure a big margin of victory,” Yadav told NDTV in an interview, according to a report by the channel.

The remarks from new Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav come a day after senior Yadav, Mulayam Singh, castigated the alliance and said, the decision for a tie up with Congress was unwarranted.

‘’The Samajwadi Party is completely capable of fighting elections alone,” he had said adding he will not campaign for the alliance.According to NDTV report, Akhilesh Yadav also said that his best chance at acquiring a second consecutive term lies in voters recognising his government’s works.

Yadav also exuded confidence that his father would in the ultimate campaign for the Samajwadi-Congress alliance.The Chief Minister claimed many roads were built during his tenure and this would bring changes in the rural development. “Till now in last five years, we have covered 49 districts with folding roads,” he said.

Similarly, he said construction of Metro works has been taken up in Kanpur and Varanasi besides Lucknow.”We are waiting for the procedural matters and once Railways give its clearance, works will start,” he said.To a question, he said, “what happened in the family and the party should not have happened”.

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