UP TAKES THE CEN­TRESTAGE

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Raj Bab­bar along with PL Pu­nia and Pramod Ti­wari held a meet­ing with all Congress MLAs of Ut­tar Pradesh and other lo­cal lead­ers to dis­cuss the post SP-BSP al­liance sce­nario and the prospects left for the party in UP.

Sources told In­dia To­day that many of the lo­cal lead­ers sug­gested Congress top lead­er­ship to con­test alone with­out Sa­ma­jwadi Party and BSP al­liance but also con­sider hav­ing new al­liance with Shiv­pal Ya­dav’s newly formed Pra­gatisheel Sa­ma­jwadi Party-Lo­hia (PSPL) and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The Ajit Singh led RLD was an­tic­i­pated to be part of SP-BSP col­li­sion and to con­test in al­most three par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies in West Ut­tar Pradesh, where Singh has a great in­flu­ence on the Jat vote bank.

To a ques­tion whether his party will not forge a coali­tion with any po­lit­i­cal party, Azad said, If any po­lit­i­cal party is will­ing to ac­com­pany the Congress, and the Congress feels that it can fight the BJP, then it will be def­i­nitely ac­com­mo­dated. On Congress be­ing left out of the SPBSP al­liance, the Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary said: We wanted that Congress should have been a part of the grand al­liance (against the BJP) in UP. But, if some­one does not want to walk along, then noth­ing could be done.

Sources also told In­dia To­day TV that Congress is in touch with Shiv­pal Ya­dav and Ajit Singh for the al­liance but does not want to make SP-BSP un­happy at the same time, as it wants to keep the av­enue open for post-poll Al­liance.

SP-SP al­liance has rat­tled BJP’s top lead­er­ship. Now, BJP’s booth work­ers are shat­tered. Such de­mor­alised and des­per­ate lead­ers and work­ers are restive about join­ing SP and BSP. — AKHILESH YA­DAV, SA­MA­JWADI PARTY CHIEF

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