In the first exclusive interview after the model code of conduct came into effect, Samajwadi Party chief and former chief minister of the state Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday claimed that along with allies, SP may cross 400 seats in the upcoming UP assembly polls.
Speaking at the News18 Agenda Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow, the SP chief also claimed the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not fulfil the promises made in its Sankalp Patra.
“I have got a copy of it with me, on the front page it has been written that farmers’ income will be doubled. When farmers see that inflation has doubled instead of their income, they will ask questions from the BJP. Their MPs and MLAs are being beaten by the public, they are not allowed inside villages. This is just the start, when people vote, they will wipe out the BJP,” said Yadav, at the opening session, ‘Bicycle Kitne Door Kitne Paas’.
“I am saying it again we may cross 400 seats with our allies. People of the state may give the SP and allies more than 400 seats. People are fed up with the BJP. The first phase is of farmers’ self-respect and they will wipe out the BJP for sure.”
On the question of being the lone star campaigner of SP in front of the BJP, which has a long list of star campaigners, Yadav said, “When people go to vote their priority will be electricity rates, pothole-free roads, stray animals, shortage of oxygen, etc. Even today I read a news article about a man dying after getting hurt in an accident…