BALLIA: Former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi today said all parties in Uttar Pradesh should form a 'morcha' with Samajwadi Party to defeat communal parties.
"Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav is known as anti-communal face...all parties, including Congress, RLD, JD(U), should come along with him to defeat communal parties in the 2017 Assembly elections," Qureshi told newspersons here.
"If possible, BSP should also be brought in this morcha," he said, adding that no coalition can defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh without Mulayam Singh. On AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owasi, Qureshi alleged he is being planted in Uttar Pradesh by the BJP.
He is entering into the state in order to target Mulayam Singh and defeat secular forces, he said. To a question, he said time was "not right" for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to take over the reins of the party.
"In view of the prevailing political conditions, Sonia Gandhi need to continue as party president... Rahul Gandhi should be made the working president of the party.