Jolt for Congress, Akhilesh Yadav says alliance talks waste of time

Jolt for Congress, Akhilesh Yadav says alliance talks waste of time

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Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said his priority was strengthening the party organisation and he was not thinking of an alliance ahead of the "crucial" 2019 general elections.

Terming the process of talks and seat negotiations a waste of time, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who had tied up with the Congress for the Assembly elections in 2017, ruled out alliances "as of now".

"The 2019 election is certainly crucial as the message from Uttar Pradesh will go out to the entire country. As of now, I am not thinking of an alliance with any party. It (alliance talks and seat negotiations) wastes a lot of time and I don't want to be in confusion (over seats)," Yadav told PTI in an exclusive interview.

Yadav said he was working on strengthening the party's vote bank.

Suggesting that the party could bargain at a later stage if an alliance materialises, he said his style of politics is different and he is open to "friendships" with like minded parties. However, his priority at present was to strengthen the organisation of the party.

The Samajwadi Party-Congress combine was trounced in the 2017 state elections, with the BJP and its allies winning 325 seats in the 403-member House. While Samajwadi Party got 47 seats, the Congress won seven.

"There is time before the elections. The Lok Sabha polls are in 2019. We are presently working on each seat, goin...

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