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Congress to contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP

ANI  |  Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), [India] 

The party will contest all 80 seats at stake in in the coming General Elections, the party veteran and of Opposition in the said here on Sunday.

Talking to media persons, Azad, also the party's in-charge for UP affairs, said: "We will fight on all 80 seats of in the coming elections. We are fully prepared. And just like the emerged number one party in in 2009 elections, we will fight on our own and win twice those number of seats in the upcoming elections."

"We did not break this alliance. The public should know that. We had earlier also said that we are ready to walk with every party that wants to defeat the BJP. But we cannot force anyone. They have (SP-BSP) closed this chapter. So we will continue this fight for defeating the BJP on our own," he said further. was also present on the occasion.

Azad's announcement comes close on the heels of Rahul Gandhi's statement during a in on Saturday that his party would contest the coming Lok Sabha elections with "full force" in Uttar Pradesh.

Rahul's comment had come hours after the SP and the BSP announced a tie-up to take on the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in 2019

"The Congress party has tremendous to offer to the people of Uttar Pradesh. I have tremendous respect to the leaders of BSP and SP. They have a right to do what they want to do. The BSP and SP have made a political decision. It's on us on how to strengthen the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh and we will fight with our full capacity," Rahul had told media in on Saturday.

As per the alliance, the SP and the BSP will contest on 38 seats each, while they will not field their candidate against Congress in Amethi and in Rae Bareli. They have also kept two seats for the smaller parties.

During the press conference to announce the alliance in on Saturday, Mayawati said that neither the SP nor the BSP would benefit by allying with the Congress. She also said that there was not much difference between the Congress and the BJP.

"Many a time, we have seen similarities between the Congress and the BJP. For example, in the defence sector, we are seeing how both indulged in corruption (Bofors and Rafale). Congress imposed declared emergency. Today there is an undeclared emergency," she said.

"Most sections of the society including scheduled castes, farmers, and the poor were unhappy with the Congress' rule. Whether the mandate goes to the Congress or the BJP, it is one and the same thing," she said.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 15:10 IST