At a time, when the feud in the family was appearing to have settled down and Akhilesh had emerged all powerful walking away with the party symbol at the EC, Mulayam's call to his supporters to fight Congress candidates on all 105 seats allocated to them by the SP chief, may play a spoilsport for Akhilesh's strategy and political equations, thereby, making his crucial fight all the more hard on battle ground UP where much is at stake for the newly-anointed SP chief. "I will not campaign for this alliance".
However, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was recently locked in a bitter feud with his son for control over the party, is seen nowhere in the poster.
Indeed, in keeping with his traditional stance, Mulayam told the media that he was always against an alliance with the Congress.
Akhilesh emerged victorious, with maximum support within the party and the Election Commission awarding him the party's "cycle" symbol.
The alliance is the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna out of which the Saraswati of development will come out: Rahul Gandhi said on the alliance.
Akhilesh sought to balance the power equation with the Congress leader with his "two-wheels-of-the-cycle" and "we're nearly the same age" comments.
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A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and he took out a collective road show in Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadav on Monday stressed on the winning prospects of the tie-up.
"This is an alliance of three Ps - Progress, Prosperity and Peace - to fight the politics of anger, creating divide and making false promises". Partnership between Congress, SP is an answer to divisive politics. "I was to become the Chief Minister but I opted for Akhilesh and look what he has done". "And we don't even know how large that elephant will be", he said.
Lok Dal president Sunil Singh is elated over the reports of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulyam Singh Yadav asking his supporters to contest the elections on Lok Dal tickets against the Congress candidates.
Asked why he had tied up with the Congress if his claims of work done in his five-year tenure were true, the 43-year-old Chief Minister said the new alliance was needed to "take ahead the good work". "Now, people will once again stand in lines, this time to vote us to power". But the BJP brings up the issue before every election, he said. She has tried to exploit the divisions in the SP's first family, saying Akhilesh has "insulted" Shivpal Yadav.
Akhilesh alleged that BJP has "copied" his party's poll manifesto and accused the Modi government of "harassing" people by demonetisation. "But the alliance is done and the alliance will fight the elections", she said.