Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that his party is ready to sacrifice a few seats in seat-sharing with the alliance partners BSP, Congress and the RLD to defeat the BJP at any cost during the Lok Sabha polls 2019.
“Our alliance with BSP will continue in 2019 even if we have to give up a few seats we will do it. We have to ensure BJP is defeated,” ANI quoted Yadav as saying.
The remarks by the SP leader followed UP Minister Swami Prasad Maurya’s statement that the BSP-SP alliance will finish off fighting internally. He also said the alliance will be over before the Lok Sabha elections as it is an issue-less alliance. “Bua and Babua (Mayawati & Akhilesh Yadav) will finish off with fighting among themselves. This isn’t an alliance based on issues. An issue-less alliance never works. They will finish off before the election (2019) comes, ” Maurya told ANI.
Akhilesh was upset about the reports emerged that he has allegedly left the government bungalow, he had been occupying until a few days ago, in shambles, state’s transport and protocol minister Swatantra Dev Singh on Sunday said he has violated the Supreme Court’s order.
He also asked for an investigation into the matter.
“Removing of ACs and tiles should not have been done because these are government properties. He has violated SC order. An investigation is needed,” Singh told ANI.
Yadav, who recently vacated a government bungalow in compliance with Supreme Court’s order and shifted to a private villa, has allegedly taken away imported tiles, ceiling, ACs, garden lights and bathroom fittings among others.
Refuting the charges, Samajwadi Party’s Sunil Yadav instead blamed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and said he was the one who had ordered the removal of various things from the property after the former chief minister vacated the same.
“This was done just to malign Akhilesh Yadav’s image in public because the CM is frustrated after losing a series of bypolls,” he added.
On June 2, Yadav vacated his official residence, complying with the SC’s order on the matter.
Akhilesh now resides at the Ansal API township on Sultanpur road in Lucknow.
For those unversed, the Supreme Court in May 2016 quashed the law passed by the then Uttar Pradesh government, which granted permanent residential accommodation to former chief ministers of the state.
The apex court, in its order, said former chief ministers of the state were not entitled to government bungalows.
Thereafter, incumbent state chief minister Adityanath issued notices in May this year to six former state chief ministers to vacate their official bungalows, including Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Notices were sent by the Estate Department asking the former chief ministers to vacate their bungalows within 15 days post the issue of notices.
Siasat Web Team