Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday hinted that an alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress is possible at the Centre if Mulayam Singh Yadav is made the prime ministerial candidate and Rahul Gandhi his deputy.
The UP Chief Minister made this remark when he was asked about the possibility of an alliance between his party and the Congress.
Akhilesh Yadav, while addressing the Leadership Summit 2015, said, “Rahul Gandhi is an old friend… If they say Netaji (Mulayam Singh) will be the Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi the deputy prime minister, I will say ‘yes’ to an alliance right now.”
However, the SP leader completely ruled out any alliance with Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) saying, “Our party has done good work. We will go to the elections with that. There is no need for an alliance… It is premature to comment on it.”
While also responding to a query on the Dadri lynching incident, Akhilesh said, ”There should be freedom to eat what one wants.”
Akhilesh, who is credited to being the youngest chief minister in the country, rejected the idea of removing Azam Khan – the controversial Uttar Pradesh Minister and dominant Muslim face of the party.
Defending his Cabinet minister, the UP CM said, “Why should I sack him? If you listen to Azam Khan properly, you’ll understand what he’s saying.”