UP Assembly polls: Chandrashekhar Azad rules out alliance with SP, says Akhilesh Yadav ‘insulted’ him

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At a press conference, Azad said talks about a possible rapprochement have been going on for more than a month and said Akhilesh Yadav “does not want the support of Dalits”.

Archive image of Bhim army leader Chandra Shekhar Azad. PTI

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Saturday ruled out the possibility of an alliance between his party, Azad Samaj Party, and Samajwadi Party (SP) for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

Azad claimed PS leader Akhilesh Yadav had ‘insulted’ him and said they would likely contest the election on their own if the ‘divided’ opposition was not united, according to UK Time News.

This is surprising because earlier today, speaking about the alliance with the SP, said Aazad India today, “The alliance has been confirmed.”

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Azad alleged that Akhilesh Yadav could not understand “social justice” and remained silent on Dalit issues. At a press conference, Azad said talks about a possible rapprochement have been going on for more than a month and said Akhilesh Yadav “does not want the support of Dalits”.

“He humiliated the people of Bahujan Samaj. I tried for 1 month 3 days but the alliance could not be made”, news agency ANI quoted him as saying

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“Yesterday Akhileshi humiliated us…yesterday Akhileshi humiliated him samaj bahujan“, Azad said. According to a report by UK Time News, the leader of the SP offered three seats to the Azad Samaj party, but Chandrashekhar Azad asked for 10 seats. Common ground could not be established

UP Assembly questions Chandrashekhar Azad to rule out alliance with SP says Akhilesh Yadav insulted him

“After a month and 10 days of discussions, I finally understood that Akhilesh Yadav did not need the Dalits. In this alliance, there is no room for Dalit leadership. He just wants the Dalits to vote for them. In the past two days Bahujan society has been insulted,” Azad said.

Asked about the development, Yadav said he awarded two seats to Azad, but the latter received a call and refused to join the alliance. Yadav allied himself with several smaller parties in the state and became the ruling BJP’s biggest challenger.

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Uttar Pradesh, considered the politically vital state of the country, votes from February 10 in seven rounds in an election widely regarded as a precursor to the national elections of 2024. The results will be announced on March 10.

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