India Akhilesh Yadav dares BJP over simultaneous polls: ‘we are ready’

05:06  07 june  2018
05:06  07 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Buoyed by opposition victory in key Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today dared the BJP government at the Centre to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the state in 2019.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘One Nation One Poll ’ plan got support from one of his political opponents too when the Samajwadi Party announced its support and dared the BJP to hold simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in 2019. The Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav posing for the camera: Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav. Express photo by Vishal Srivastav © express news service Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav. Express photo by Vishal Srivastav

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday dared the BJP to conduct Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with 2019 Lok Sabha elections as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘one nation, one poll’ idea. He said they were all prepared for the simultaneous state and national elections a day after Uttar Pradesh government said it will submit a report backing the idea. In the report, the state government has suggested that tenures of certain assemblies, including that of Uttar Pradesh, be extended to implement the idea.

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Akhilesh 's remark comes after the UP government extended its support to the idea. A committee led by state minister Sidharth Nath Singh submitted a report to CM Yogi Adityanath backing the idea of holding simultaneous polls .

Replying to a question related to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls , Akhilesh Yadav said it will be fought on the basis of issues. Lucknow: A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called for simultaneous elections, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today dared the BJP -led

“I have heard that they (the BJP) have extended their tenure. Make this happen early, we are ready for one nation, one election. Do it in 2019,’’ he told reporters. He asked the BJP why was it waiting. “You want to conduct elections in most of the states. Where would you find a better opportunity? ... this (Uttar Pradesh) is the biggest state in the country, the message should go from here.”

He said they welcome the idea but said the regional parties have constraints. “...what resources do the regional parties have... how would they reach the people? You cannot contest an election without resources. This is a new era, if you do not have management, then you cannot win an election. Think how much the bigger parties spend on management. They hire management companies.”

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Buoyed by opposition victory in key Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today dared the BJP government at the Centre to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the state in 2019 .

LUCKNOW: Buoyed by opposition victory in key Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today dared the BJP government at the Centre to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the state in 2019 .

Akhilesh backed the state government’s proposal for linking voter IDs with Aadhaar. “It is a good thing that there will be one voter list. It is the era of technology... connect it with Aadhaar. You (BJP) have connected all the facilities with Aadhaar.” He said no one has more formulas than BJP. “They can divert people’s minds whenever they want.”

He said the SP would contest elections in other states, where they have their organisation. Akhilesh added SP would be a part of the alliance if other opposition parties are interested in Madhya Pradesh. “If not, then we would contest alone.”

He referred to Patanjali’s threat to pull out of a food processing project in Uttar Pradesh and said it was not a question of Ramdev but that of farmers.

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