04/12/2015 5:04 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Samajwadi Party Open To Alliance With Congress If Mulayam Is Projected As PM: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav, general secretary of Samajwadi Party and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, smiles at the party office in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. Early trends show his party leading. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

NEW DELHI -- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that his Samajwadi Party would be open to an alliance with the Congress for the next general elections only if Mulayam Singh Yadav is projected as the Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi as the Deputy Prime Minister.

"If Mulayam Singhji is Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi is Deputy Prime Minister, I will say yes to the alliance right now," Yadav said at the 13th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

Referring to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as his 'old friend', he said that his party would never form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"He (Rahul Gandhi) is sitting here, you can ask him. He is a very good friend of mine," Yadav said.

Ahead of Bihar assembly polls, the Samajwadi Party had walked out of the grand alliance in September, by the offer of only five seats against its demand for 12 in the assembly elections.

As the desertion in Bihar raised the larger question whether the Janata Parivar would put up a united fight in Uttar Pradesh when it votes in 2017, JD (U) president Sharad Yadav had announced that the SP would be won back and kept on board.

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