With Tejashwi Yadav by his side, Akhilesh Yadav says new year, new PM

With Tejashwi Yadav by his side, Akhilesh Yadav says new year, new PM


Akhilesh Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav jointly addressed a press conference in Lucknow on Monday, close on the heels of the announcement of a tie-up between the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh.

With Tejashwi Yadav by his side, Akhilesh Yadav says new year, new PM

Akhilesh Yadav, right, with Tejashwi Yadav. (Photo: Twitter/Samajwadi Party)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tejashwi Yadav is a top leader from Bihar’s RJD party
  • Bihar, UP together account for 120 Lok Sabha seats
  • SP-BSP tie enough to beat Narendra Modi: Tejashwi Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav just made his New Year wish, and it’s fairly straightforward: he wants a new prime minister. But who? He didn’t say.

With the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was Tejashwi Yadav, a leader from Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) party — another rival of the BJP’s.

Their joint press meet on Monday came two days after Akhilesh Yadav, who leads the Samajwadi Party, and Mayawati, chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party, announced their parties would contest 38 Lok Sabha seats each in Uttar Pradesh.

That’s a total of 76 seats. Uttar Pradesh is home to 80 Lok Sabha constituencies — the highest number for any Indian state.

Tejashwi Yadav congratulated Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati on forging a “necessary” alliance in the “national interest”, and said those who were “slaves” of the British were currently in power.

He said the SP and the BSP were “enough” to beat Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and that by-elections were an indication of this.

Tejashwi Yadav is the leader of the Opposition in Bihar, and was deputy chief minister until Nitish Kumar dumped a “mahagathbandhan” with the RJD and the Congress in 2017 to rejoin the NDA — the national coalition led by the BJP.

QUICK RECAP: Akhilesh Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav — the leaders of UP’s Samajwadi Party and Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal — addressed a joint press conference in Lucknow on Monday. This meeting between two key opposition leaders follows Saturday’s announcement of a tie-up between the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh. UP and Bihar together account for a whopping 120 Lok Sabha seats. Like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — where the BJP lost elections recently — they are Hindi belt states.

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