MP News: A war of words between Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and the Uttar Pradesh Congress has intensified, as Akhilesh accused the Congress of behaving uncredibly and questioned their alliance. He stated that during the Madhya Pradesh elections, he learned that the INDIA alliance with the Congress is only for the Lok Sabha, leaving doubt about who would stand with the Congress. He emphasized the need for opposition parties to unite against the BJP and avoid confusion.
Akhilesh stresses the importance of opposition parties standing together against the BJP
In response, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Rai fired back, suggesting that little could be expected from a man who did not respect his own father, referring to Akhilesh’s strained relationship with his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The spat between the two allies escalated following the breakdown of talks for the Madhya Pradesh elections, with the SP now fielding candidates for nearly 30 seats. The Congress has questioned the SP’s decision to contest in MP, a state where it competes directly with the BJP. The SP has indicated that the Congress should expect tit-for-tat treatment in Uttar Pradesh, where the SP has a stronger presence.
Akhilesh expressed frustration at the Congress’s lack of clarity during talks, emphasizing that the SP is contesting in places where its organization is strong due to the Congress’s failure to share relevant information.
Ajay Rai suggests that Akhilesh should show a “big heart” like the Gandhis to be considered a credible leader
Akhilesh had previously taken a swipe at MP Congress chief Kamal Nath, who appeared to dismiss the SP’s influence. In response to Akhilesh’s claims that he had no “stature,” Ajay Rai suggested that Akhilesh should show a “big heart” to be on par with the Gandhis and questioned his lack of respect for his own father. Rai also implied that other SP leaders felt humiliated within the party.