Won’t Allow BJP to Run UP If There’s No Winner, Says Akhilesh

The exit polls predicted a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh where BJP would emerge as the largest single party.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said he won't allow the BJP to "remote control" Uttar Pradesh, in the event of a hung assembly, hinting at possible alliances.

Akhilesh Yadav told the BBC Hindi that he was confident of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance winning the staggered assembly election.

Asked if he would align with the BSP if there was a splintered verdict, he said he would “not allow Uttar Pradesh to be run by a remote controlled BJP”.

About aligning with BSP chief Mayawati, he said: "I address the leader of the BSP with a respectable name (bua), and would not like to say anything beyond this as of now."

Speaking to Times Now, BSP said, “We will wait for the results.”

The exit polls predicted a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh, where BJP would emerge as the largest single party, winning anywhere between 164 and 210 of the 403 seats.

Times Now-VMR poll forecast 190-210 seats for the BJP in the UP assembly, while India News-MRC gave it 185 and ABP- Lokniti CSDS 164-176 seats. If BJP wins UP, it would be a return to power for the party in the politically significant and volatile state after 15 years.

(With inputs from IASN and PTI.)