With exit polls 2017 suggesting a BJP win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, there are already many in the Samajwadi Party who are complaining about the alliance with the Congress. Some in the SP feel that the party should have gone alone in the elections, and the alliance has hurt them.
Ravidas Mehrotra, the family welfare minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government said in Lucknow, that it was his personal opinion that the alliance would benefit only the Congress. "It has not helped the Samajwadi Party," he said. He said that the Congress rebel candidates contesting the seats given to the SP have sabotaged the elections.
He also said that the people were ready to give the SP under Akhilesh another chance. "The people would have given more seats to the SP had it gone alone," he said. He, however, expressed confidence that the SP would still form the government in the current scenario.
The Congress has however dismissed the statements as a personal one. The party feels that the statement represented an individual and not that of the SP as a whole.