New Delhi: Even though the Congress and the Samajwadi Party are targeting each other and claiming victory in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, both the parties are keeping their doors open for a possible coalition in the state and the Centre, as per the situation.

Hinting at the possibility, SP leader Mulayam Singh said, “The post poll conditions will determine what should be done.”

On being asked that with widening rift between the UPA and Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress, will the Samajwadi Party opt for an alliance with the Congress if needed?, he said, “The circumstances after the polls and the party’s Board of members will decide what is to be done.”
However, he added, “The party will achieve clear majority in the elections with no need of an alliance.”

With the hopes of SP pinned on state party president Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam said in reply to a question regarding his son’s role in the party and the state after the elections, “The one who will work for the party and promote its policies will pave the way for his own progress.”

Responding on Rahul Gandhi putting Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the same slot despite SP’s continuous support to the Congress since 2004 for Indo-US civil nuclear deal, Mulayam said, “This is the culture practiced by the Congress. It takes from all but gives to none.”

Meanwhile, the Congress is not ruling out the possibility of a change in the Centre’s strategy. That is why Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government’s ultimatum to move out of the alliance with Congress, was not taken seriously by the party.

Also, with Presidential elections lined up this year after the UP elections, the Congress wants to maintain friendly relations with other political parties.  

(JPN/Bureau)