As soon as the exit polls were out yesterday, Akhilesh Yadav told BBC that he was open to join hands with anyone to prevent the BJP from forming its government in the state. The ruling Samajwadi Party forged an alliance with the Congress and entered into a seat sharing arrangement with it. Singh told News18, that Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav neither had any issue nor any concrete plan for the elections. When asked if he was willing to form an alliance with the BSP after the results were out, Yadav said, "Yes, if the need arises".
The Congress and Samajwadi Party alliance, and the bonhomie between Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav, has dominated the chatter surrounding the UP polls.
"However, as I have always referred to the BSP chief as a relative, it is natural for people to think we might take their help or might go with them.... but it is hard to say this as of now". "We will not let the BJP rule Uttar Pradesh". "We are 100 per cent winning the elections", he said.
On Thursday, the Times Now-VMR exit poll gave BJP the maximum seats in UP, between 190-200, while consigning the SP-Congress combine to a mere 110-130 seats, and the BSP to a poor third at 57-74.
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Of course, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, would have to set aside the bitterness of the past first: in 1993, the SP and the BSP contested the Assembly polls in undivided Uttar Pradesh together, won 176 seats and formed the government under Mulayam Singh Yadav with outside support of the then Janata Dal and the Congress.
The India TV-C Voter poll also showed BJP just ahead at 155-167 seats, while the SP-Congress alliance was placed second at 135-147.
The results of the crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh that took place in seven phases between February 11 and March 8 will be declared on Saturday (March 11). While the rivals SP, BSP and Congress were seen as an alliance of corrupt and criminal forces, the BJP was seen to be in a position under Modi to rid people of their misrule, he claimed.