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Very dangerous mistake to ignore us: Congress on proposed SP-BSP alliance

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ignoring the in can be a "very dangerous mistake", the party asserted Friday, a day before the and the are likely to announce their alliance for elections in the politically crucial state.

said the objective of all opposition parties should be to defeat the ruling BJP and eliminate "autocracy, misgovernance" at the Centre.

He, however, accepted that the has "fallen on difficult times".

Singhvi's statements came ahead of Akhilesh Yadav's and BSP Mayawati's joint press meet in Saturday. The presser will be the first after the two parties gave broad contours of an electoral alliance ahead of the 2019 election.

"I don't think anybody should underestimate the strength, extent and reach and vote share, presence and support of the Congress in a state like

"We may have fallen on difficult times. But I think to ignore us can prove to be a very dangerous mistake. Since everybody realises that, I think we will have a sometime in the near future," he told reporters when asked about the possible SP-BSP alliance.

"Those who in any manner do not do it will be blamed ultimately by the public, which knows everything. Therefore, it is an obligation on each one of the parties to do so (defeat the BJP)," Singhvi asserted.

Asked about Minister H D Kumaraswamy saying he was merely a "clerk" and did not have a say in running the state government, Singhvi said the remark might have been made in the heat of the moment and that the two parties were "happily married".

On BJP Amit Shah's remarks of winning the upcoming election, the Congress said, "These jumlas have become so stereotyped and so repetitive that the speaks in almost auto-pilot and no one believes them (rhetoric)."

On Shah's remarks about formation of "unholy alliances", Singhvi said it was reflective of the "very grave frustration and fear and absolute chaos" in the ranks of the BJP.

He also took a dig at over his remarks against Mallikarjun Kharge, alleging the of opposition is habitual to giving dissents.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:25 IST