Regional parties will be essential to defeating the BJP in 2024, according to Akhilesh Yadav

Regional parties will be essential to defeating the BJP in 2024, according to Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav expressed optimism that an opposition coalition will form in the near future and said that regional parties would be crucial to challenging the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Yadav said that the Congress should determine how to participate in this envisioned opposition front.

"Actions are being taken to create an opposition front or coalition. Nitish Kumar, Mamata Banerjee, and K Chandrashekar Rao are the chief ministers of Bihar, West Bengal, and Telangana, respectively (on their own). I am optimistic that an opposition coalition would form in the days to come and battle the BJP, "In an interview, he told PTI Video.

The SP leader said that it is the regional parties in different states that are engaged in conflict with the saffron party and denied that he was placing the Congress and the BJP on a same footing.

"The Congress doesn't exist in many states compared to the BJP, but regional parties are battling the saffron party on the ground tooth and nail, and I am confident that they will triumph, "added he.

When informed that regional parties such as the JD (U), RJD and the DMK are keen on having the Congress in the opposition alliance, Yadav responded they are already in a partnership with the grand old party.

It's about a tremendous conflict, and the House will determine how to participate in it, he added.

When asked who will represent the opposition in the next Lok Sabha elections, Yadav said the decision would be made after the vote and that it was "not a significant topic." "present time.

"You bring up the face. What about the face of the (BJP) who ran on false promises in 2014 and 2019 to win the election? Without mentioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he remarked.

The SP leader said that none of the promises made by the BJP in 2014 and 2019 were kept.

Yadav said that SP members are being assassinated in Amethi when asked whether his party will run for the Lok Sabha seats in Raebareli and Amethi, which are believed to be pocket boroughs of the Congress.

"Our cadres are being murdered in Amethi. Workers for the Samajwadi Party are uncertain about their allies. There, it is the Samajwadi members who are helping one another; the members of Congress are not doing the same "added he.

As the Raebareli-based MP for the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, her son and former party president Rahul Gandhi lost against Amethi-based Union minister Smriti Irani in the 2019 Lok Parliament elections.

Yadav said that the Samajwadi Party will stop at nothing to block the BJP's onslaught in Uttar Pradesh in the next Lok Sabha elections.

"The BJP has to win in UP if it intends to rule the country in 2024. We'll make sure the BJP loses both in UP and throughout the nation. We will battle in Uttar Pradesh with our current partners, "said he.

In the 2017 UP assembly elections, the SP and the Congress teamed together, however they were defeated by the BJP. The grand old party was excluded from the SP-BSP coalition in the state for the Lok Sabha elections conducted two years later.

The SP leader attacked the Centre for allegedly permitting the theft of the nation's assets and public funds while speaking about the Adani scandal.

He questioned, "Why isn't the so-called number two (richest guy) being questioned? Why is there no accountability for wasted public funds at LIC and SBI?" The Hindenburg report, which accused the Adani group of accounting fraud and market manipulation, was released in January, just after the start of a Rs 20,000 crore follow-on share sale by Adani Enterprises, the conglomerate's main company.