Akhilesh's tie-up with Mayawati? BJP says UP chief minister has already conceded defeat
Chief minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and the son of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, waves at his supporters during an election campaign in Lucknow, India.
WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 10, 2017, 10.02 AM
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's assertion that he could align with Mayawati's BSP has created a political firestorm with the BJP declaring that the chief minister has already "conceded defeat"
Union minister Kiren Rijiju said, "Countingsepehle hee haarmaanliya (he has conceded defeat even before counting). What should I say on this?"
Speaking to BBC radio Hindi yesterday Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had said he wanted to keep the BJP out in Uttar Pradesh for that he was ready to align with Samajwadi Party's long-time rival Mayawati, the chief of Bahujan Samaj Party.