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Idea of 'mahagathbandhan' in UP is good: Azad

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Senior leader today supported the idea of forming a 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) along with the SP and the in to counter the surge of the

"The idea of 'mahagathbandhan' is good," the Leader of Opposition in the said here.

However, chief Raj Babbar, while commenting on the issue, said, "It is too early to say. If we do not honour the feeling of the people and workers, it will be wrong. We will also talk about 'mahagathbandhan' with our senior leaders."

He also claimed the does not practice votebank politics as done by chief

The party's MP Pramod Tiwari, when asked about the idea of formation of a grand alliance with the SP and the BSP, said, "My best wishes are with them."

president has yesterday supported the idea of forming a coalition of political parties against the BJP, saying, "There should be a coalition, which can pave the way forward. We are ready to welcome it. We had welcomed such a move earlier too."

chief Mayawati too had asserted that she would join hands with other parties to take on the

The Congress' district unit presidents, who had gathered here to deliberate upon the strategy for the upcoming civic body elections in the state, alleged that the pre-poll tie-up with the SP was a major roadblock for the party's prospect in the Assembly elections.

"Most of the district presidents are of the view that the SP-pre-poll alliance proved to be a major roadblock for the party's poll prospect in the 2017 UP Assembly elections," a party office bearer who attended the meeting said.

According to party sources, nearly 30-40 district chief of the Congress, from eastern and central Uttar Pradesh, attended the meeting at the party's state unit headquarters here.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Tiwari said, "The party workers are sad over the poll outcome in Assembly election, but their morale is high and we will resurrect the with the help of this spirit."

On any possible changes in party leadership at the state level, the MP said, "There is no question of any hints being given in any organisation. Whenever, changes take place, it would be visible to all.

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First Published: Sun, April 16 2017. 19:02 IST