SP TO GO ALONE FOR NEXT YEAR’S UP POLLS: MULAYAM

LUCKNOW (TIP): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said his party will go to polls alone and not enter into an alliance for the assembly elections in UP early next year. However he is open to mergers if any political party wants to join the SP, he said.

“SP will not go in for any alliance for the UP polls as decided during the national convention of the party earlier,” Mulayam said, addressing a press conference on Thursday. “There maybe only mergers like ones which have happened in the recently,” he said in an apparent refernce to mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal (QED) which merged with the SP two months ago.

Mulayam’s statement comes a day after UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed confidence that the SP will get a clear majority on its own in the next elections and that alliances were not easy. The UP CM too has not been keen over SP entering into any tie-up with other parties for the UP polls.