Congress confirms ‘Grand Alliance’ with Samajwadi Party for UP polls

Akhilesh Yadav along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi: The Congress Party today confirmed that it will contest the Uttar Pradesh upcoming state assembly elections in alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party government.

Senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad told media persons, “The Congress is ready for Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) with Samajwadi Party and he said that we will form next government in Uttar Pradesh.”

He said that the basic-facts of the grand alliance specially over the seat sharing will be worked out soon.

When media persons 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-styled Grand Alliance, Azad declined to comment.

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

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

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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