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Defeat BJP in UP to stop it from coming to power in Centre: Akhilesh Yadav

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

(SP) Sunday urged all opposition parties to unite to oust the BJP and said if the saffron party is defeated in Uttar Pradesh, it can be stopped from coming to power in the Centre.

The has the biggest responsibility and it should show a big heart by taking everyone along. It should hold discussions with all opposition parties, he said.

The opposition will choose its after the polls and it should set aside differences to achieve the larger goal of ousting the BJP, the former minister said.

"We will choose our (of the grand alliance) after the elections. We have to stop the BJP. If we can stop the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, we can stop them in all of India," Yadav said at the NDTV Yuva conclave.

Taking a dig at BJP over his claim that his party will rule for the next 50 years, he said, "Forget 50 years, people will give their verdict in 50 weeks."

"The has the biggest responsibility today, they need to open their hearts and should take everyone along. I am in constant touch with (BSP chief) Mayawati ji," he said.

Yadav said for the sake of a crucial alliance to be put in place, "I am willing to play a supporting role".

Speaking at the conclave, RJD said, "I am here to save the country."

He said he opposed the RSS-BJP ideology and not individuals.

"They say we only oppose Modi, we have no other agenda. Did we not oppose the BJP and the RSS earlier? Our fight is against the ideology not individuals," the said at the conclave.

alleged that currently, there is a practise of vindictive and either one has to stand with folded hands or else face harassment by the present dispensation.

leader claimed that will come to power and will be the again in 2019.

SP chief alleged that the lost in because the RSS misled people, but people have now seen through them.

He said the faith of opposition parties has been shaken.

"Not just our parties, but to save the country we have to stay away from the RSS. RSS creates a divide between us based on religion, caste. That is why I am against them," he said.

The BJP's plan was to keep the youth fighting among themselves over religion and caste so that they do not ask for jobs and income, said.

Asked about the alliance with the ahead of the polls, he said, "My alliance with in UP was the right thing to do at the time, people did not understand our message, we were not able to communicate our message properly.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 20:35 IST