April 16, 2017
A day after BSP supremo Mayawati proposed an anti-BJP alliance, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today said that he was "ready for alliance against propaganda".
Talking to reporters in Lucknow, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said, "I am ready for alliance against propaganda. I will duly perform my role in the alliance."
Akhilesh Yadav's comment gains significance as Mayawati proposed only yesterday that an alliance should be formed to tackle the BJP.
Speaking on the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Mayawati said that to stop BJP's juggernaut, she was open to cooperate with anti-BJP parties.
Mayawati had alleged that EVMs were tampered on massive scale during the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. She said that the BJP tampered EVMs in 250 of 403 Assembly constituencies.
Akhilesh Yadav repeated the charges saying that Yogi Adityanath government was formed after cheating the people of Uttar Pradesh.
Akhilesh Yadav demanded that the Election Commission should use ballot papers for conducting polls.
Akhilesh Yadav further alleged that law and order situation has worsened in Uttar Pradesh after Yogi Adityanath government took oath. Akhilesh said the BJP workers are running amok in the state. In one incident, the BJP workers chased and thrashed policemen in Kannauj, Akhilesh alleged.
Taking a swipe at the Yogi government's emphasis on Hindutva agenda, Akhilesh Yadav said, "They (the BJP and RSS) don't consider me a Hindu. I think I will have to tweet a photograph when I go to a temple."