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No chance of going back to SP, but alliance possible: Shivpal Yadav

PSP(L) founder Shivpal Yadav on Thursday expressed confidence that the next government at the Centre cannot be formed without support from the party and stressed there was "no chance" of a merger with the SP, though he was open for an alliance.The Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief told PTI in an interview that after the party's formation he had traversed the state, covering almost all the districts, and the response was tremendous. "We are ready to contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats, if an alliance does not materialise," he said.

"Next government at the Centre cannot be formed without support of our party. Our party has become a force to reckon with in past three months after its constitution. Our organisation in all the 75 districts is ready and people are acknowledging us as a force," Shivpal Yadav said. Asked about the recent statement of senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan that party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his feuding uncle will unite again once the conditions turn favourable, he said there was "no chance" of this."There is no chance of merger of my party with the SP or going back to it. I am open for an alliance with like-minded parties to keep the communal BJP at bay and that too if my party is offered a respectable number of seats," he said.On being asked about an SP-BSP alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, Shivpal Yadav asked, "Are they (SP and BSP) of the same ideology? Can it (BSP) be trusted. There is no trust when it will join or leave the alliance (with SP)."

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