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Shivpal Singh Yadav ready to join hands with Cong, terms SP-BSP alliance as 'Thugbandhan'

ANI  |  Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

on Sunday said that his Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSPL) is ready to form an alliance with the in for the coming elections.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, Yadav said the SP and the BSP alliance is a 'Thugbandhan' (alliance among thugs). "This alliance is a 'Thugbandhan' and is for money. It is possible that money must have been taken before forging the alliance," added Yadav.

However, the said that no talks have so far been held in connection with forging an alliance with the "There have been no talks with the party as yet. is also a secular party and if it approaches us to defeat the BJP, we will lend our support," he said.

Yadav's statement comes a day after the (SP) and the went for forging an alliance among themselves keeping party out of the new alignment. The SP and had fought the last assembly polls in as allies.

Yadav, who parted ways with Akhilesh Yadav-led, also expressed interest to forge an alliance among all secular parties including the Congress to oust the BJP from power in the upcoming elections.

"No alliance can defeat the BJP without support from the PSPL, the and our other allies. We are ready to form an alliance with other secular parties to defeat the BJP in the elections and oust it from power at the Centre," added Yadav.

The SP and the BSP on Saturday announced that they would contest on 38 seats each, adding that they would not field candidates against Congress in Amethi and in Rae Bareli. They have also kept two seats for the smaller parties.

The Congress party too on Sunday announced that they would contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats at stake in with 'full might,' but did not rule out the possibility of joining hands with the secular forces in the state to defeat the BJP in the state.

"Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress will fight the Coming Lok Sabha elections with full might and defeat the BJP. The whole world knows that the fight is between the Congress and the BJP. We will welcome those who join us in this fight. It is not an individual's fight, but of principles and keep united," Congress and in-charge for the party's UP affairs told a in on Sunday.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 17:35 IST