Cong may go solo in UP
New Delhi: Unwilling to take a raw deal, the Congress is expected to fight the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh alone. Buoyant after emphatic wins in three Hindi heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Congress is looking at improving its vote share in UP too that stood at a dismal 7.5% in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Congress leaders think that the party has emerged as the principle challenger to the BJP after recent results as it made a sizeable dent in BJP’s vote share.
The Congress has argued that leaving it out could fracture votes and give the BJP chance to win much more seats than expected.
However, a tiff with the SP-BSP combine on seat sharing can also land the party in a difficult situation if the alliance decides to field strong candidates in Amethi and Raebareli — Congress bastions reserved for Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.
UP seat sharing outcome could also impact prospects of an overall Grand Alliance in other states that could come as a breather to the BJP.