Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav, who is otherwise known to be reticent and gentle in sharing his opinion, on Saturday, hit out at Congress accusing it of spreading rumours about the SP-BSP alliance, also known as the “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance).

Yadav said though Congress is spreading rumours about the alliance, he has faith in the workers of the parties of the alliance and that they will not pay heed to them.

Addressing media persons in Lucknow Yadav said, “Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the Samajwadi Party is assisting other parties and is not with the BSP and now we have come to know that the Congress is also spreading similar rumours.

“I want to say that the SP-BSP alliance is strong. It is my appeal to the workers of the mahagathbandhan to remain alert. We have faith in SP workers, the leadership and workers of the BSP that they will pay no heed to them.”

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister further said that both the BJP and Congress were the same when it came to spreading rumours.

He also said that the kind of language the BJP is using in its election campaign is not good and should have been avoided.

“Our Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says that others are the chiefs of ‘goondas’, but the biggest criminal of Bihar Rajan Tiwari is made to join the BJP clandestinely in Lucknow,” he said, adding that “red cards” were being issued only to Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party leaders and workers, accusing the BJP of conspiring to scare people against voting.

“Will red cards be issued to SP-BSP only? Is everyone in the BJP clean, is there no one with a criminal background who was issued a red card?” he asked.

The SP-BSP-RLD alliance was going to sweep Uttar Pradesh, he said.

(With PTI inputs)