The BJP will lose next year’s Uttar Pradesh election as people want change, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said today. In an exclusive interview, he also said his party would contest elections in alliance with like-minded smaller parties instead of major parties.
“My experience with big parties is not good, I will not get into any alliance with them,” Akhilesh Yadav told NDTV, without naming Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress.
He said the Samajwadi Party is targeting 300 of UP’s 403 seats in the state election that is less than a year away.
“The BJP is going to lose the upcoming UP elections… they failed the people of UP in the biggest test of their leadership. The government is still hiding the true Covid deaths,” said Akhilesh Yadav.
“I had only refused to take the vaccine initially because it had not completed all the trials,” Mr Yadav said on concerns that he played a role in spreading vaccine hesitancy in UP by initially refusing to take it and calling Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin the “BJP vaccine”.
He denied that the Samajwadi Party was “not visible” on the ground ahead of the UP polls. “We have held training camps across UP. When the farmer’s protest began our karyakartas showed support. I myself wanted to go to Kannauj but was not allowed to leave my house… you can’t just show what the BJP wants to project,” said the former chief minister
With inputs from NDTV