Prashant Kishor, Congress’ poll strategist, on Sunday met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow, triggering alliance rumours ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The meeting came after top leaders of socialist-leaning parties attended SP’s silver jubilee meet in Lucknow -- a move seen as an attempt by Mulayam to forge an alliance ahead of the assembly polls hardly a few months away.
This was second such meet in six days. The first meeting took place at Mulayam’s Delhi residence on November 1.
There was no official word from either side on what was discussed during the meeting.
State SP President Shivpal Yadav said he would inform when there is a significant development.
“When it materialises, I will tell you,” Shivpal told reporters.
Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there.
The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.