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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday hinted at an alliance with BSP's Mayawati post a hung assembly prediction in UP by the various exit polls.
Akhilesh told BBC Hindi radio that if the SP-Congress combine falls short of a majority, they won't mind joining hands with the Mayawati's BSP in a bid to keep BJP out of UP.
Nobody wants the BJP to remote control UP in case of a President's rule in the state, Yadav told BBC in an interview hours before the Exit polls results were announced by the TV channel.
CLICK TO READ: After Exit Polls Predict a Hung House in UP, Akhilesh Hints at Alliance With BSP
Dropping a bombshell immediately after the exit poll results showed a BJP win in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in an interview to BBC Hindi hinted at forming the government with Mayawati's BSP in the state.
Here’s what Akhilesh is heard saying in the interview:
Question: If you think you are taking BJP head-on in Uttar Pradesh, does it also mean that the SP could join hands with Mayawati after the results?
Akhilesh: I cannot say anything about the alliance right now because I think we are coming to power with a majority. I have always respected the leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party. People think that we may go with the BSP, but I would like to assure you that SP-Congress alliance is coming to power with large numbers.
I still think that women, farmers, and youngsters have voted heavily for the Samajwadi Party because the BJP hasn't shown any work of its own. However, we don't know about the circumstances after results. Yes, nobody wants the President's Rule in the state… Nobody wants BJP to run the state with a remote control.
In an audio interview with BBC Hindi Radio, Akhilesh Yadav refuses to rule out possibility of trying up with Mayawati’s BSP. “I am sure that the Samajwadi Party-Congress will form the government with majority, but if in case, things change after the polls and President’s Rule is implemented, we will not let the BJP remote control Uttar Pradesh,” the CM says. His statement comes as Exit Polls predict a hung Assembly in Uttar Pradesh with the BJP projected to emerge as the single-largest party.
As Exit Polls predict BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, Juhie Singh of the ruling Samajwadi Party tells CNN-News18: “UP is a very complex state, number crunching is hard. I still believe the Samajwadi Party will sail comfortably. May turn out to be a bit of a disappointment for the BJP though as they were hoping for 300+. Taking these Exit Polls with a pinch of salt… We reserve our analysis and response for March 11 (counting day),”
CLICK TO READ: AAP May Win Punjab; Congress to Come in Close 2nd
The CNN-News18-Gramener projection shows an Aam Aadmi Party victory with 57 seats in the state out of 117, just two short of the required majority to form the government.
Congress leader RPN Singh reacts to the Exit Polls. “We are confident of winning Punjab and hope to retain Uttarakhand though it is a tight election there. In Manipur, we seem to be doing well. Uttar Pradesh is touch and go... Will give credit to Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav for keeping the focus on development,” he tells CNN-News18.
It was billed as the big semifinal before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It was seen as a referendum on Narendra Modi government's demonetisation decision. Assembly elections in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur were held from February 4 to March 9.
The exit poll results are being published now.
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