SP’s Core Support Base Lending Weight to Alliance Partner Cong
Bahraich: While BJP is betting big on 103 Assembly seats that Congress is contesting under alliance with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the grand old party may show a surprising resilience as the core SP support base appeared to be lending fillip to their new alliance partner.
“I don’t remember when I last voted for Congress. Must have been over 25 years ago. But, I will vote this time for the sake of the alliance,” said Raksharam Yadav, in his mid50s, at Feribhit village in Balrampur assembly segment in Shrawasti Lok Sabha constituency.
“I plan to vote for Congress for the sake of Akhilesh Yadav,” echoes Jhabbal Yadav, in his mid-20s, at Shriduttganj market on the other end of Balrampur. SP has denied ticket to its sitting Balrampur MLA and offered the seat to Congress.
“If there was a SP candidate, I would have voted for him. Now, I will vote for Congress as they are in alliance,” says Qurban Ali, at Sipahia different party lines admitted Cong candidate being in the main contest in Nanpara & Balrampur
triangular contest in Mahasi
candidate appeared strong contender in Payagpur at expense of Cong
Balrampur and Payagpur go to the polls on February 27
Piuli village, Mahasi assembly of Bahraich LS constituency.
Aliissurroundedbyhisfellowcommunity members with an agent of local LPG dealer confirming identities of beneficiaries of PM Ujjwala Scheme. His companions nod in agreement even when they praise the scheme which finds mention in PM Modi’s election speeches in UP. Similar is the case with many Muslim respondents ET spoke to.
“Will vote for Congress for their alliance with SP. SP government cares for us,” says Abdus Sattar, in his mid40s, at Imamganj that falls under Nanpara assembly segment in Bahraich LS constituency. Others working at the shop of a Poplar timber business agree. Some, in fact, hasten to reason why they prefer Congress’Muslimcandidateagainst the BSP’s Muslim candidate.
That Congress candidates under the alliance were fighting on strength of SP support base gets apparent in Payagpur assembly segment in Kaiserganj Lok Sabha constituency. Congress and SP appeared in a friendly fight in this constituency as neither side has withdrawn their candidate for the alliance sake.
Most of SP-Congress alliance supporters ET spoke to in Payagpur said they preferred SP nominee. Few mentioned Congress candidate in the fray. Incidentally, the SP candidate is a sitting MLA elected on Congress ticket and defected to SP ahead of elections.
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