SP-CONGRESS AL­LIANCE GAME PLAN

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ELEC­TION STRAT­EGY

FOUR­TEEN joint road­shows by Akhilesh Ya­dav and Rahul Gandhi in ma­jor ur­ban cen­tres in­clud­ing Luc­know, Agra, Varanasi, Kan­pur KEY ELEC­TION STRATE­GISTS Fo­cus on Akhilesh-Rahul per­son­al­i­ties, their youth and Akhilesh’s record 10 point com­mon min­i­mum pro­gramme, fo­cus­ing on jobs, farm­ers, women Al­liance pre­vents di­vi­sion of votes and helps trans­fer votes to ally ’Kaam ki baat’ vs PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki baat’

STRENGTHS

Young lead­er­ship—Akhilesh 43 and Rahul 46—should ap­peal to first-time vot­ers Akhilesh as chief min­is­ter face, most pop­u­lar leader in UP UP boys ver­sus Ba­haris (Amit Shah and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi) In­cum­bency ad­van­tage, con­trol over lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion and me­dia Strong­est in Awadh, Pur­van­chal, Ro­hilk­hand and Doab areas Good strate­gists—Prashant Kishor and Har­vard pro­fes­sor Steve Jard­ing

WEAK­NESSES

Fam­ily rift and fac­tion­al­ism in SP—Akhilesh ver­sus Shiv­pal and Mu­layam Poor law and or­der record Late al­liance, still fac­ing un­friendly fights in few con­stituen­cies. Late start to cam­paign­ing Congress low pres­ence among vot­ers dif­fi­cult to trans­fer to SP Dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics in both Congress and SP

SUP­PORT BASE

Sup­port among OBCs (Ya­davs), Mus­lims and up­per caste and SC base of Congress

Har­vard prof. Steve Jard­ing

Prashant Kishor

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