Asked by reporters in Lucknow on a possible alliance with the Congress for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Akhilesh said, "Rahulji bahut achhe insaan hain, bahut acche ladke hain. UP mein zyada rahenge to hamari bhi dosti unse hogi. Do acche log mil jaye to kya kharab baat hai? (Rahul is a good human being and a good boy. If he spends more time in UP, we can also have a friendship. If two good human beings meet, what's wrong in that?)," he said.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi, who is in Uttar Pradesh for his 2,500 km journey, trained his guns against both the state and the central government. His Kisan Yatra aims to cover 223 of Uttar Pradesh's 403 Assembly constituencies.

Rahul Gandhi, during the launch of his yatra in election-bound Uttar Pradesh, unleashed a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of neglecting the plight of farmers and also accused him of being biased towards the rich.

He said the Prime Minister and the Uttar Pradesh government have forgotten the farmers and he is undertaking this yatra in order to put pressure on the Centre to solve the farming crisis in India. He also said the Prime Minister wanted to waive off loans of the rich but wasn't ready to do that in the case of farmers.

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