Samajwadi Party, Congress ready to share alliance for UP polls

Photo of Congress part poll strategist Prashant Kishor.

New Delhi: Keeping upcoming elections in the Uttar Pradesh, the Congress and ruling Samajwadi Party are in talks to strike alliance for the state assembly polls lined-up in 2017.

A senior Congress leader said, “Serious talks are going on between Samajwadi Party and Congress for an alliance and seat shearing has been discussed between both the parties and they have almost come to a settlement on the issue.”

According to a leader of Congress party who did not want his name to be told said, the Samajwadi Party had agreed to offer Congress 110 seats from total number of 403 assembly of Uttar Pradesh.

The Samajwadi Party now holds 229 seats; the principal opposition Bahujan Samaj Party has 80 while the Congress has 29 legislators.

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The talks between the two parties have been going on for some time now.

Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav speculations about a possible alliance were rife after.

Akhilesh Yadav had on December 2 said a Samajwadi-Congress combine can win over 300 seats in Uttar Pradesh in upcoming 2017 election.

He also asserted that Samajwadi party would not perceive the Congress as a “junior partner” in an alliance.

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