Minutes after BSP supremo Mayawati called off the SP-BSP Gathbandhan in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav said that if the Gathbandhan is broken, then his party is ready to fight the by-elections alone.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, Akhilesh Yadav said:
"Regarding gathbandhan I will say that our party will think about whatever has been said and then decide. If it is broken, so be it, we will contest the by-polls alone. If our roads are different then we welcome that move also and I send my best wishes to everyone. Yes, we will fight the elections," said SP chief in Hindi.
(Gathbandhan ko lekar ke yahi kahunga ki mai uspar soch samjah ke vichar karunga , SP seaton par akeli ladegi. Hum mil k vicchar karenge. Is waqt gathbandhan jaruri nahi hai. Raaste alag-alag hai toh uska bhi swagat aur badhai sab logo ko.)
His reaction comes after the Bahujan Samaj party in a press briefing on Monday said that her party cannot overlook political compulsions.
"The recently concluded Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh is the evidence that Samajwadi party has lost its base vote that is the Yadav community. There must be some discontentment in the voters, therefore they did not vote for SP. Examples are the party bastion of Kannauj where Dimple Yadav lost, Badaun where Dharmendra Yadav lost and in Firozabad where Ram Gopal Yadav's son was defeated. If they did not get their base vote, how will their vote transfer to BSP? In the party meeting on June 3 in New Delhi, we have decided to contest the upcoming by-polls solo."
However, she also added that this is not a permanent break. Alleging that the party workers of Akhilesh Yadav led party are not as dedicated as the BSP cadre, she said:
"SP cadre need to be as hard working as the BSP. They missed this opportunity in this year's election. If I will see that the SP chief has been successful in making their cadre effective along with his political responsibilities, then we can work together in the future. The SP cadre also needs to distance itself from the politics of caste and division."
In a defence of sorts, 144 days after breaking the ties with the SP, she said that there is no doubt that Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav respects her and she too treats her as a family and has forgotten all the past differences between the parties.
While Samajwadi party bagged 5 seats losing some of its bastion like Kannauj in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Bahujan Samaj Party got 10 seats improving its tally from 2014 when the party was completely whitewashed.