Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav met on a Delhi-Lucknow flight on Friday.
A widely shared photo showed two senior political figures – both wearing face masks in line with pandemic travel rules – greeting each other inside the plane.
Ms Gandhi Vadra was traveling to Lucknow (and then Barabanki) to flag off state-wide tours during which the party would tell voters about its seven “promises”. Mr. Yadav was returning after his visit to Delhi.
With elections in Uttar Pradesh near, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have been vocal in their criticism of the BJP and the Yogi Adityanath administration.
Congress and Samajwadi Party joined forces in 2017, but the alliance failed; The Congress won just seven seats and the SP 47 (down from the 224 seats it won in 2012). The Congress contested 105 seats and the party’s poor hit rate troubled Mr. Yadav, who told NB that he would not forge an alliance with them.
“We didn’t have a good experience in 2017 – we gave them more than 100 seats but we couldn’t win. UP rejects Congress“I will not go into any alliance with them,” he told NB in June.
For its part, the Congress is also against any immediate alliance with the Samajwadi Party, especially in light of Ms Gandhi Vadra’s comments this month.
After the Lakhimpur incident, he slammed Mr Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati for failing to speak on behalf of the citizens of UP, saying it was only his party that was holding the BJP accountable.
Ms Gandhi Vadra has been taking a jibe at the UP government on a range of issues, including the death of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri earlier this month. He was detained by the police this week (for the second time in a month) when he tried to meet the family of a man killed in police custody.
Ms Gandhi Vadra was arrested earlier – illegally, she claimed The police had ordered them to stop meeting the families of the four farmers killed in Lakhimpur.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav has been targeting Yogi Adityanath on issues like skyrocketing fuel prices; last week he said UP needsworthy“(Competent) government and not Yogi government.
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