Con­gress to con­test all Lok Sabha seats in UP

Gulf News - - India -

Snubbed by the Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) who have joined hands in Ut­tar Pradesh, the Con­gress yes­ter­day said it will con­test all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state but in­sisted that its doors were open for sec­u­lar par­ties will­ing to de­feat the BJP.

A day after arch ri­vals SP and BSP an­nounced the al­liance, Con­gress Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said his party not be­ing a part of the union was a bless­ing in dis­guise.

“Our party is rather happy... Had there been an al­liance we would have to be con­tent with 25-30 seats. But now we will be con­test­ing in all the seats. We are all pre­pared and will con­test in all the 80 seats,” Azad said.

“We are ready to con­test all 80 seats but if there are any sec­u­lar party or par­ties whom we find com­pe­tent to join us in our fight against the BJP, we are ready to ac­com­mo­date them,” he added.

“The Con­gress is the only party that can up­root the Modi gov­ern­ment and de­feat the BJP. We wanted all sec­u­lar par­ties to join our fight against the BJP,” Azad said.

Our party is rather happy.. Had there been an al­liance we would have to be con­tent with 25-30 seats.” Ghu­lam Nabi Azad | Con­gress gen­eral sec­re­tary

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