"Will wait and watch for results, as of now not thinking of alliance with anyone", said BSP saources as quoted by ANI.
"He then suggested allying with Mayawati (BSP chief) to keep the BJP out of power, after exit polls yesterday showed that we are winning".
The public sentiment in Uttar Pradesh, while acknowledging the stature of Mulayam Singh in the party, is also that Samajwadi Party is ready for a generational shift.
Countering suggestions that Akhilesh's comment was triggered by the exit poll projections, a close aide said the interview was given before the forecasts were made public in the afternoon.
This has surprised many as in the past, Ms. Mayawati has tied up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on more than one occasion. Being the fifth largest and the most populous state of the country, Uttar Pradesh (UP) contributes the major share in the total Lok Sabha seats.
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"We are sure that the SP- Congress will win maximum seats in the assembly".
The war of thrones is finally set to conclude and with the date set for 11 March, Uttar Pradesh will get their new Chief Minister. "It is tough to say such things at the moment".
After the Exit Polls, analysis Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav gave a strong hint that he was open to a post-election tie-up with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party to form a mahagathbandhan to check the BJP surge. "Nobody would want that", Akhilesh told a TV Channel when asked about the possibility of the alliance. "The BJP has failed to explain its achievements".
Throughout the bitter, recrimination-filled campaign, Mayawati never attacked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who had a word of praise for the BSP chief when he said his respect for her was intact. The ideology of the BJP is unsafe for the country. He had said he considered BJP and not BSP unsafe for the country.
India News-MRC survey highlights that the BJP will secure 188 seats, while SP-Congress alliance will get 120.