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Gathbandhan Divided: Miffed Akhilesh Snubs Rahul Gandhi, Waxes Lyrical About KCR's Non-Congress Federal Front

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • It appears that Congress leaving Akhilesh's party leader out of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet has not gone well with the former UP CM.
  • Yadav announced his meeting with the Telangana CM K Chandrashekher Rao who has been meeting with regional satraps to form non-BJP, non-Congress alliance
  • Akhilesh Yadav also attacked the Congress over losing out on the MP cabinet

It appears that Congress leaving Akhilesh's party leader out of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet has not gone well with the former UP CM.

On Wednesday, Yadav announced his meeting with the Telangana CM K Chandrashekher Rao who has been meeting with regional satraps to form non-BJP, non-Congress alliance.

"I congratulate KCR for his initiative on bringing together regional parties for the Federal Front. I was supposed to meet him on December 25-26th. I will meet him in the recent future," he said.

Akhilesh Yadav also attacked the Congress over losing out on the MP cabinet.

"I would first like to congratulate the BJP for removing us based on false promises. They had given us mahagathbhan many names ahead of the state assembly polls. BJP sought votes on the basis of caste, we sought votes on the basis of development. I would like to thank the Congress too that they didn't give the ministry to the SP candidate in Madhya Pradesh. They have paved the way for us for this election," he said.

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TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu who has been meeting regional Opposition leaders for the anti-BJP alliance said there was no scope for an alliance such as the Federal Front.

"There are only two fronts, BJP or anti-BJP front. There is no scope for another front without the BJP or the Congress. KCR is saying he will create a new front, how will he do that? Seventeen Telngana MPs cannot form a new government," he said.

Earlier today, sources said that the seat-sharing formula between Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh was within reach, with no mention of the Congress in this particular gathbandhan. 

As per inputs, in the crucial elections to the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati's party will be contesting in 38 seats, while Akhilesh Yadav's SP will contest 37 and three will be given to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Conspicuously, the two remaining seats are Rae Bareli and Amethi, which are Congress bastions currently held by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi respectively.

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