Con­gress to fight 80 LS seats in UP

Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page -

Lucknow, Jan. 13: Left out of the SP-BSP pre­poll tie-up in Ut­tar Pradesh, the Con­gress on Sun­day an­nounced it would go alone on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

After a brain­storm­ing ses­sion with se­nior party lead­ers, Con­gress gen­eral sec­re­tary in-charge of UP Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, how­ever, said his party would ac­com­mo­date any sec­u­lar force ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha elec­tion.

Mean­while, Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath claimed the re­cently forged al­liance be­tween the Sa­ma­jwadi Party and the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party will have no im­pact on the state’s pol­i­tics and the BJP will “ef­fec­tively wipe them off”.

■ THE SP AND BSP had on Satur­day an­nounced their al­liance in Ut­tar Pradesh, shar­ing 38 seats each and leav­ing two seats for smaller par­ties.

■ THEY LEFT Rae Bareli and Ame­thi seats for Ms So­nia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi.

Speak­ing at a pro­gramme here, Adityanath said the SP-BSP al­liance de­noted “casteist men­tal­ity” and “an­ar­chic el­e­ments”.

“The al­liance means giv­ing power to peo­ple who are cor­rupt, an­ar­chic el­e­ments and have casteist men­tal­ity. This al­liance will have no im­pact on the pol­i­tics of the state.

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