Cong may go solo in UP

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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.

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