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United Secular Forces Will Defeat BJP, Predicts Lalu

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Several opposition leaders extended their support to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday soon after EC allotted the bicycle symbol to the Samajwadi Party (SP) group led by him. Some of them expressed the hope that the development will bring “secular“ parties together on a platform against BJP in UP polls.

UP Congress chief Shiela Dikshit congratulated Akhilesh for getting the party symbol, saying “it is good that EC has taken a decision on this issue“. With the EC ruling, the talks for an alliance between Akhilesh’s group and Congress in UP polls is likely to gather steam in the next few days. Dikshit, who is Congress’s CM face in UP polls, reportedly told a news channel that she was ready to step back if Congress decided to have an alliance with SP.

RJD boss Lalu Prasad made a fervent appeal to SP patriarch Mulalyam Singh to give blessings to his son and fight the UP polls unitedly with Akhilesh. “All the secular forces are united and will defeat the communal forces in UP now.The state is sure to get a secular and progressive government after the elections under Akhilesh’s leadership,“ Lalu said in a series of tweets. Incidentally , Lalu’s youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi is married to Mulayam’s grandnephew and Lok Sabha MP Tej Pratap.

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