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Congress. (File Photo: IANS)
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Congress-SP form alliance for UP polls, Sheila may step down….reports Asian Lite News

Congress. (File Photo: IANS)
Congress (File Photo: IANS)

The Congress party on Tuesday said it will contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls in alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.

“The Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media here, a day after the Election Commission allotted the cycle symbol to the Akhilesh faction.

Azad said the nitty-gritties of the alliance, particularly seat sharing, was being worked out.

Asked if the alliance would include the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and whether it would be on the lines of the Bihar-style Grand Alliance, Azad declined to comment.

“On that (Grand Alliance) I cannot say anything right now. Will talk about that later,” he said.

“There has been speculation on whether or not this alliance is happening or not. This is to confirm that it is happening,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh, Sheila Dikshit reiterated she would step down if asked to.

“I have said this earlier too (Monday), there can’t be two chief ministerial faces, so I will step down,” she said.

Alliance talks between the Congress and Akhilesh faction have been going on for some days, for the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh assembly elections that kick off on February 11 for 403 seats.

 

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  1. Contesting and winning the elections by a single party in India is already a part of India’s political history books. Alliance have been a part and parcel of Indian elections for more than last three decades. And when it comes to Uttar Pradesh it will be a big news. As Uttar Pradesh is a populous state, it decides the fulcrum of Indian politics. This time Congress and Akhilesh led faction of SP decides to team up according to the latest reports. For Congress this is a prestigious battle for them as they already lost many states in the recent elections which were their strongholds once. So the only option for Congress is to ally with a major party and for them Akhilesh is the best partner at the moment. Considering the popularity of Akhilesh in the state they can create a huge challenge to BJP who is eyeing a victory in the state. Congress-SP alliance also brings out an interesting fact where Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi were facing each other in the last assembly elections in UP, and this time they become partners.

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