With the Lok Sabha elections nearing and alliance talks gaining pace in all states, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has come up with some advice for the Congress.
Without naming the Congress, Yadav said that it is necessary to respect other parties in order to come in power and the BJP has managed to keep its allies intact despite the pressure exterted by them.
"They (the BJP) know that to come to power, you have to respect other parties. BJP is accepting alliances even at the cost of fewer seats... Despite all the pressures being exerted upon them, BJP still chooses them (allies)," Yadav said in an interview to NDTV.
This comes days after the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party forged an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections while keeping the Congress out of the pact.
Yadav, however, later said that the Congress was part of the alliance as the SP-BSP bonhomie had not fielded candidates on Amethi and Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seats.
Meanwhile, the Congress announced to contest on all 80 seats in the politically crucial state on its own. Also, it joined hands with a the little-known Mahan Dal.
So far, the Congress has failed to forge alliance with prominent parties, not only in Uttar Pradesh but also with Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and Mamata Banerjee's TMC in West Bengal.
On the other hand, the BJP has managed to placate its sulking allies SBSP and Apna Dal (Sonelal) in Uttar Pradesh, LJP and JD(U) in Bihar and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, which wanted a bigger share of seats.