Samajwadi Party-Congress poll alliance appears to be brighten for 2017 election

Photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Lucknow: The ruling Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh and Congress party prospects of a poll alliance appeared to be brightening today as both the parties showed inclination towards a tie-up.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said a tie-up between SP and Congress would fetch over 300 of the 403 Assembly seats in the upcoming elections.

On other hand Congress said it is not averse to a “respectable” seat-sharing formula.

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With this both the parties feels that it will be beneficial for the two parties and would halt BJP’s march in coming to form government in the capital city of the political hub.

Akhilesh told reporters here, “Though samajwadis are going to form majority government in the state, if an alliance takes place, it will win over 300 seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by SP National president (Mulayam Singh Yadav).”

Senior Congress leaders of Uttar Pradesh, while sniffing a chance because of demonetisation, are showed inclination towards an alliance, he said the party is open to a “respectable” seat-sharing formula with SP.

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Accepting that there are some back channel efforts to firm up an alliance, a Congress leader said his party will not agree to less than 100 seats which it has already identified.

He said, “Besides the 29 seats it won in the last Assembly polls and 31 others on which it had finished second, there are some 50 other constituencies where the party has good chance.”

Interestingly, the Congress party, which has been out of power in the politically important state for 27 years, is trying its best to revive its electoral fortunes asits vice president Rahul Gandhi to hold a ‘kisan yatra’ across the state.

Although Congress had launched its poll preparations much in advance by roping in election strategist Prashant Kishor and announced the name of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial candidate.

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