Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad in a public rally in Ghaziabad on Saturday justified the alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi.
He said a Bihar-like alliance was planned but other parties — the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal — did not opt for it.
“The Congress and the SP decided to sort out differences and thought if we contest separately, the BJP will get the benefit. Mayawati had the option to join the alliance but she did not. The RLD did not wait for two days even though our meetings with them were fixed. The party was in a hurry. In politics, we should have patience,” Azad said.
He was speaking in the Kaila Bhatta locality, which is a Muslim dominated area. Earlier, BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddiqui also held a rally there. Azad tried to convince cardes of both parties to work together.
“The country faces a bigger danger from powers who want to divide the country on the basis of religion, caste and area. The BJP claim they are about development, poor, minorities, etc. But they keep scheming...They tell different things to different people from different religions for their gains,” he said.
He said that Congress and SP do what they say.
“In case there is threat from any outside country, all our parties stand together. Likewise, if there is any threat from inside, the alliance is to join people together. The parties, which want to divide votes and bring up their candidates, are in fact trying to benefit the BJP. We brought up this alliance with a proper understanding,” Azad said.
“We have a danger from other parties as they want to divide votes. I appeal to Hindu brothers that they should not divide their vote. I will also appeal to Muslim brothers that earlier your vote got divided between BSP, SP and Congress... but we are not at fault since BSP did not join a Bihar-like alliance,” he added.
He told the gathering that workers from both parties had to sacrifice due to the alliance.
“It is a small sacrifice and it is not an alliance between Delhi and Lucknow. The alliance should be between people and in every household. If candidates of both parties don’t win, we will not be able to form the government. So I request all Congress and SP workers to work together so that our candidates win,” he said.
In 2012, in Ghaziabad district, both the Congress and the SP failed to secure a win in any of the five seats.