Hours before the announcement of the results of state Assembly elections 2017, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has dropped a big hint saying he would prefer joining hands with his Bua and BSP Supremo Mayawati to form a government in the state than allow UP to be remote-controlled by the BJP.
It is worth a mention that as per India TV-CVoter exit poll, UP is heading towards a hung assembly.
The projection range shows BJP getting 155 to 167 seats, while the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance may get 135 to 147 seats, with BSP projected to come third within a range of 81 to 93 seats.
All the parties may fall short of the magic number of 202 seats, in the house of 403.
In a Facebook live interview with BBC Hindi, the young Chief Minister of the state said that it was better to join hands with a party, than have President’s rule in the state.
“I think none of us wants President’s rule in the state. We do not want the BJP to run the state via a remote control,” Akhilesh said when asked of the party’s strategy in case of the verdict throwing up a hung assembly.
Both BSP and SP previously joined hands in the year 1993 when Akhilesh’s father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, became the Chief Minister of the state.
Mayawati, however, withdrew support in the year 1995, which led to a major incident where MSY was accused of sending his goons to keep her party legislators hostage at a guest house in state capital and hurling casteist abuses at her.
Mayawati later joined hands with the BJP to become the Chief Minister of the state on June 3, 1995. Post that incident, both BSP and SP have campaigned against each other in all elections, since then.
The results of state assembly elections are scheduled to declared on March 11.