After Maya, Akhilesh shatters Mahagathbandhan, leaves Rahul red-faced.. No SP-Congress pact in MP

Lucknow, Oct 6: Congress' bid for a Mahagtahbandhan received another jolt on Saturday, with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav ruling out alliance with Rahul Gandhi-led party for the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. SP's move comes close on the heels of BSP Chief Mayawati deciding to go alone in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan while aligning with Jogi Congress in Chhattisgarh. The SP, BSP moves are seen as a big victory for BJP before the polls. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said they waited long to come to an understanding but the Congress showed no willingness to join hands with like-minded parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)."We have waited till now but not any longer" the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told a gathering at the party headquarters here.He added that the party will either contest the polls on its own or in an alliance with the Gondwana Party."The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has already declined any tie up with the grand old party and I am sure other parties in other poll-bound states will also soon announce their candidates," the SP President stated.In an indirect reference to the statement of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh that the BSP was not aligning with the Congress against the BJP in Madhya Pradesh for fear of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI, Yadav said parties like the SP and BSP were not scared of anything.He said the SP was ready to explore the possibility of a coalition with the BSP in Madhya Pradesh.In his address, he slammed the state government and said that people had lost faith in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and that law and order had completely collapsed in UP.The Congress and the SP contested the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls together in 2017 but the alliance did not work in their favour as the BJP stormed to power with a landslide victory.

News24 Bureau with IANS inputs