The future looks bleak for the Congress party. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said his priority was strengthening the party organisation and he was not thinking of an alliance ahead of the “crucial” 2019 general elections. UP is crucial for the Congress or any other party when it comes to Parliament seats.
If Akhilesh says no, who will come forward under the Congress Umbrella is a big question. 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 wastes a lot of time and I don’t want to be in confusion over seats,” Yadav told.