Following the below-par performance of the party and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav, on Saturday, called upon his party workers to put the past behind and start preparing for the 2022 Assembly polls in the state.

Akhilesh Yadav exhorted his party workers to get to the job without wasting any time and launch a door-to-door campaign to create awareness about the “anti-people” policies of the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

“We will continue our efforts to bring in ‘mahaparivartan’ (major change),” said Yadav.

“The BJP trades in falsehood and lies, whereas the Samajwadis have an ideology that guides them. We have to reach out to colleges and universities since the youth is in great distress. There are no jobs and the future appears bleak to them,” he said while directing the youth in his party to be offensive and not defensive while responding to the BJP’s claims.

“You should equip yourself with facts and figures, and then challenge the BJP to a debate in order to expose it. You should not be disheartened at any cost,” said Yadav.

He also said that his party would return to power in 2022 because his government had done the maximum development in the state.

“Those who voted for the BJP in 2017 are now repenting. We have to work hard and make a comeback in the Assembly elections,” he added.

Even as he asked his party cadre to reach out to all the sections of the society, particularly the weaker ones, the former chief minister did not mention a word about the future of his alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).