In the first press conference that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed with Mr. Yadav, he had said that while the BJP's ideology was unsafe for India, the BSP's was not.
During the 2012 assembly elections, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav addressed over 300 election rallies. Beginning with the launch of a campaign video back in October previous year which was centred around Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav with no mention of Mulayam Singh, to his token presence in a handful of the party's campaign posters, indications are that Mulayam Singh is taking a step back. "Will wait and watch for results, as of now not thinking of alliance with anyone", said BSP saources as quoted by ANI.
The Congress and Samajwadi Party alliance, and the bonhomie between Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav, has dominated the chatter surrounding the UP polls.
"I have always treated the BSP (Mayawati's party) with respect, so it's natural for people to assume we may seek her help". Could Rahul Gandhi repeat the cementing role the Congress played in the mahagathbandhan in Bihar, in Uttar Pradesh this time? CNN-News18-Gramener said that the BJP could win 164 seats, the Samajwadi-Congress 147 and the BSP 81.
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The exit polls for Uttar Pradesh have predicted a massive gain for the BJP in the state and that Mayawati will be decimated.
The response came in response to a volley of questions in the context of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's comments on Thursday. "I am confident the Congress-SP alliance will win", Akhilesh Yadav said. In Uttarakhand and Goa, the exit polls put the BJP ahead of the Congress.
The India News-MRC exit poll has pointed at a hung Assembly in Uttar Pradesh, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party - BJP 185 seats, SP-Congress 120, BSP 90, Others 8.
Will Uttar Pradesh, which has witnessed long phases of instability and fractured mandate, be lucky this time as in the past two Assembly elections to have a clear cut victor?