Lucknow: While Congress is projecting itself as a strong contender in upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the grand old party is also open to the idea of a post-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), if needs be.
“We will take a call when such circumstances arise, but I do not see any issue with this. In fact, if such a situation comes, then why not?” Priyanka said when asked if Congress would support Akhilesh Yadav and SP if need be, said Congress general secretary.
On being asked about her supporting a coalition government in UP, Priyanka said: “Yes, but subject to the condition that our agenda for women and youth is implemented.”
Talking about Congress’ commitment to form a government in UP after over three decades, Priyanka admitted the challenges and travails of reviving her party in the upcoming 2022 Vidhan Sabha elections with full might. “We are not sure if we will be able to form a government or not, but efforts over the past twoand-a-half years have helped in raising a committed and trained workforce of over one lakh persons. It is for the hard work put in by Congress workers that ‘Mai Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti hoon’ is echoing on the political canvas of UP,” she said.
Giving a cheeky retort to BJP leaders’ taunt that ‘Congress candidates were like patients in the intensive care unit who have been asked to participate in a marathon, Priyanka said: “It is their job to criticize and our job not to get distracted. What they fail to understand is that we are doing is the politics of future India that will eventually carve the path of development the country needs.” She also reiterated that BJP’s mindset was regressive towards women.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls will take place in seven phases between February 10 and March 7. The counting of votes will be held on March 10.