This is probably the first (and as of now the clearest) sign that Samajwadi Party and the Congress are planning either an alliance or something close to it ahead of the Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh.
On Thursday afternoon, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that he is open to a “friendship” with Rahul Gandhi if the Congress vice-president spends more time in his state.
And Yadav praised Rahul in a way no one has ever done for the latter.
He dropped a hint of a possible alliance by saying:
“UP me jyada rahenge to hamari bhi dosti unse hogi…do acche log mil jaye to kya kharab baat hai? (If he spends more time in UP, we can also have friendship with him…If two good human beings meet, what’s wrong in that?).”
Rahul is currently on a 2,500-km yatra across India’s most populous and politically significant state. It should be noted here that Rahul has been vehemently targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP at his rallies. Compared to that his criticism of the SP government is barely there. But Akhilesh reportedly brushed off a question on a possible alliance saying, “Aap isme rajniti kyun dekh rahe hain
(Why are you seeing politics in it?).”
Akhilesh also refrained from taking a jibe at Rahul’s ‘Khat Panchayat’ which ended hilariously with the participants taking the cots away from the venue.
“At least the bicycle (SP’s poll symbol) has some use for them…had it been taken by samajwadis, you (media) would have said samajwadi goondas took it away,” he remarked.