- Akhilesh Yadav thanked Mayawati's BSP for unequivocal support
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- Akhilesh Yadav said bypolls sent out bigger message for ruling BJP
He, later in the evening, drove to Mayawati’s residence in Lucknow, where the two leaders met for nearly an hour.
The Samajwadi party had contested the Uttar Pradesh's assembly election in alliance with Rahul Gandhi's Congress in 2017, an alliance that was a disaster and reduced the SP, which contested nearly 300 seats, to just 47 seats and the Congress, 7.
Akhilesh Yadav, however, had promised to ally with the Congress even after the BJP-led alliance swept the state with 325 seats in the 403-member assembly.
He had spoken too soon.
Over the next 11 months, Akhilesh Yadav appeared to have seen the writing on the wall and kept his distance from the Congress for by-elections to Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats, UP's two VIP constituencies last represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.
But he underlined that the election did send out a bigger message for the ruling BJP.
"It has been a government that hurts people... When the time comes, people teach them a lesson. It is a mandate against both the state and central government," he said.
"Achhe din did not come but at least they managed to unite the people... It is their own doing that they now have to see bure din (bad days)," Mr Yadav said.
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