In what may come as a major blow to the Congress, the Samajwadi Party led by former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is reportedly not keen on allying with the Congress in the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The anti-BJP third front seemed to have been taking shape when various leaders of Opposition parties attended the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, but the road ahead for Congress is not going to be that easy.
According to a report in News18, the SP is not willing to form an alliance with the Congress because the Rahul Gandhi-led party does not fit into the political narrative that the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) want to build together against the BJP.
“It’s not like we have personal issues with the Congress leadership. Our reservations with the Congress are purely political,” News18 quoted a senior SP official as saying.
“Congress doesn’t fit into the political narrative we want to build against the BJP. The political narrative of Dalits, Muslims and Backwards against the upper caste-dominated BJP is the political attack line of 85 percent vs 15 percent that we will employ,” the leader added.
In 2017, the alliance of SP and Congress witnesses humiliating defeat in the UP assembly elections.