It seems the problems for the Congress party, both from within inside and outside, isn't going to end anytime soon. They have been hit with internal tensions in a number of poll-bound states, including Rajasthan. And now, they have been dealt with a major blow in their idea of forming a 'Mahagathbandhan'.
Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav has made it clear the he and his party will not fight in the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh elections along with Congress, and instead, will side ways with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati, who herself had ruled out an alliance in the state with the Congress party.
Speaking to the media after launching his party's manifesto in the poll-bound state, Akhilesh said, "I would like to thank Congress that they did not take SP and BSP with them. At least we can now tell everyone about their failures. Because of their poor decisions, BJP is ruling the country today. So I want to thank them that we can now say something against them. The Congress doesn't give us any importance. That party was ready to allot seats to SP in Madhya Pradesh elections. However, we told them that the election is going to be a big battle and we need to include the BSP in the alliance, but the Congress was not ready. So, our alliance could not materialise."
The former UP CM also stated that in order to defeat BJP, who have been in power since the last 15 years in MP, Congress could have joined hands with a number of regional parties, including SP and BSP, but they chose not to.
"The Congress would have won more than 200 seats in the November 28 elections had it tied-up with the BSP, SP and GGP. But by not forging an alliance with us, the Congress has given us an opportunity to criticise them," he added.
In October, the SP supremo had confirmed that he wouldn't form an alliance with Rahul Gandhi's party, given they were taking far too long to respond to their demands.
"I have waited enough. I can't wait any longer. We are talking to BSP, but can't wait for Congress. Nobody waits this long in politics. We are not a bechara party. We are a small party in Madhya Pradesh but we count at number 4," Akhilesh had said.