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You know who is my choice: Akhilesh on Mayawati for PM candidate

ANI  |  Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

"You know who is my choice. has given prime ministers in the past and trend will be repeated again," said (SP) on Saturday when asked whether he will support (BSP) supremo

Akhilesh and held a joint press conference today announcing an alliance in the upcoming and fighting 38 constituencies each in

"I want to congratulate and thank for forming the SP-BSP alliance. In the last five years under the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the atrocities done by them on poor, farmers, MSMEs, Dalit, women and children are unimaginable. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP government has spread hatred amongst the people," he added.

Attacking the BJP government both at the Centre and Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh said: "To defeat the arrogance of BJP, it was necessary for BSP and SP to come together. Our alliance is to fight against the communal hatred spread by the BJP. It can go to any extent to create differences in our workers, we must be united and counter any such tactic."

He added, "The alliance was in my mind since the day BJP leaders made obscene comments on Mayawati. Instead of punishing them, BJP gave big ministries to these leaders. From today onwards, all the SP workers should know that disrespect of Mayawati, will be my disrespect.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 14:52 IST