The decision to ally with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh is like choosing the “lesser evil” because of the need for secular forces to come together to take on the BJP, feels senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.
The UP Minister also took a dig at rival BSP, saying that giving 97 tickets to Muslim candidates is not enough and the Mayawati-led party should have given 403 seats to candidates from the community if it wants to woo it.
“In the laboratory of politics, there are experiments of political science…There was an experience in Bihar of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand coalition). That experiment in Bihar had succeeded and there was a view among common people that there could be a coalition of like-minded secular people or people who are close to being secular or those who were once secular but because of political compulsions lost their way and again want to take that path, so those people should come together and contest elections,” Khan told
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