PK struck between GA and Akhilesh led GA

Akhilesh Yadav Prashant Kishor

On Tuesday morning, the city of Lucknow woke up with a clinch of smog in the air and news reports about a closed-door meeting between poll strategist Prashant kishor and CM Akhilesh Yadav. This closed-door meeting had made the speculations rife about a probable Grand Alliance. But insiders claim that this meeting ended up with a single note that the alliance is possible but only on certain conditions declared by Akhilesh.

Kishor had recently managed to have two meetings with SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and a day after he met Akhilesh Yadav and added to speculation that a grand alliance could be on the anvil for the 2017 Assembly polls in UP. Although none of the parties stated the results about this meeting but insiders claimed that the meeting went well and might give fruitful results provided the allies are comfortable with the demands made by Akhilesh.

The meeting however was held on a public holiday at CM’s residence but it lasted for nearly three long hours and CM Akhilesh Yadav had reportedly demanded a set of things before going for any such alliance. WFN had learned from official sources that CM had demanded for a set of things in concern of the alliance which are –

  1. Conditional issues – The first and foremost statement from the CM was that he will go for any alliance only after he and his team will asses and consider the “who would benefit and who would lose” theory. He clearly stated that he will not allow any party to use his work and his image to sail the sea of elections.
  2. Ticket Distribution- In case the alliance is announced the Chief Minister is expected to have a major say in ticket distribution. He was adamant about the selection of candidates after a process of a long scrutiny and cleared that he will not allow any pick and choose options for any of the candidates. 3- Akhilesh as the face of GA- The next and obvious demand was about his candidature and CM Akhilesh Yadav had made this clear that he will be the face of the Grand Alliance. He stated that he will lead the alliance on the basis of his development works and governance.
  3. Akhilesh as the face of GA- The next and obvious demand was about his candidature and CM Akhilesh yadav had made this clear that he will be the face of the Grand Alliance. He stated that he will lead the alliance on the basis of his development works and governance.4- Equations in seat sharing and candidature- The young CM also stated about his say in the probable list of candidates and in the process of selecting candidates from other parties. He cleared that he will not allow any of the absconders from BJP or from any other party to contest from this alliance.
  4. Equations in seat sharing and candidature- The young CM also stated about his say in the probable list of candidates and in the process of selecting candidates from other parties. He cleared that he will not allow any of the absconders from BJP or from any other party to contest from this alliance.5- Adjustment of Campaign plans- In case of any alliance, team Akhilesh is not willing to change their existing campaign plans and neither have they wanted any clashes with joint campaigns. This demand was raised in order to sort the upcoming campaign plans and joint campaign strategies to avoid any confusion.
  5. Adjustment of Campaign plans- In case of any alliance, team Akhilesh is not willing to change their existing campaign plans and neither have they wanted any clashes with joint campaigns. This demand was raised in order to sort the upcoming campaign plans and joint campaign strategies to avoid any confusion.6- With or without JDU- CM was also not very keen about forming alliance with JDU and Nitish Kumar and he only concentrated on Congress and RLD. He had also made it clear that any other small party will not be a part of this grand Alliance and that was a major blow for small players like Peace party, AIMIM and others.
  6. With or without JDU- CM was also not very keen about forming alliance with JDU and Nitish Kumar and he only concentrated on Congress and RLD. He had also made it clear that any other small party will not be a part of this grand Alliance and that was a major blow for small players like Peace party, AIMIM and others.

Both RLD and Congress will obviously benefit with this Grand Alliance provided they sort the things in between the ongoing feud in the first family of Uttar Pradesh. Kishor had easily crafted a similar alliance in Bihar but UP is very tricky for him and his associates and Akhilesh yadav had already stated about his conditions before announcing any alliance. Kishor who is in Lucknow from past one week is expected to attend several meetings in next couple of days with Mulayam Singh and Shivpal.

Political experts believe that the fruit of alliance is ripe. Senior journalist Ashwini Bhatnagar told WFN-“They should give more than 250 seats to SP and Congress should contest on 100 and the rest to RLD, this can be an excellent combination and this will stop both BJP and BSP as the muslim votes will easily fall in this camp.”

Although Cm Akhilesh yadav had stated that any decision about Grand Alliance has to come from party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav but it is expected that all these parties might announce the alliance by the end of this week. Prashant kishor and his organization IPAC had not yet confirmed about any such formation but unofficially they had also given hints about probable big news in upcoming days.

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