Kolkata, Jan 19: Accusing the BJP of having aligned with central agencies like the CBI and the ED, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday appealed to the opposition to come together and defeat the conspiracies being hatched to divide alliance partners in states. Akhilesh said that the country just needs a new PM, name is not important.
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the issue of Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided by the people. He said with the beginning of the new year, the country now was pining for a new Prime Minister.
"How happy will the country be if it gets a new Prime Minister," the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said.
"The [prime ministerial] candidate does not matter...what matters is the country needs a new prime minister. And there will be a new prime minister," said SP Chief. His answer came to a pointed question on who was more suitable for the post of PM-- BSP chief Mayawati or Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.
"They (BJP) say look how many prime ministerial aspirants the opposition has. At times, they say we have lot of grooms. My response to them is -- We will see to it. Whoever people decide, will become prime minister," Yadav said at the mega rally of the opposition parties here.
Dubbing the BJP government at the Centre as a 'failure', which has "disappointed and defrauded the nation and its people", the SP leader accused the Modi regime of "spreading hatred" in society,
Referring to the alliance stitched by his party and the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav said "Now only a few parties have aligned. Wait for all parties to come together. We have seen how you (Modi) have forged alliances to come to power.
"Now, we have brought all the best in the country on the same platform, and we will prepare a beautiful bouquet," he said.
The SP chief said, unlike the BJP, the opposition has allied with the people of the country.
"You are making alliances with the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and ED (Enforcement Directorate). But we have alliances with the people. And in democracy, whatever people decide, that happens," he said.
Yadav appealed to the leaders opposed to the BJP to remain vigilant about conspiracies that would be hatched to wean away their alliance partners.
"Since my party formed the alliance with the BSP, the BJP is holding daily meetings to find ways and means of winning at least one seat in Uttar Pradesh.
"The BJP knows it cannot win votes on the basis of performance. So it will hatch conspiracies to wean away your partners.
"I appeal to you to see through their conspiracies, and work to save the country, by strengthening your parties, and ensuring the victory of your candidates in the parliamentary polls," he added.
News24 Bureau/ IANS