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UP bypolls: Congress blames SP for ruining joint front against BJP

IANS  |  Allahabad 

State on Friday accused for bungling a joint opposition front against the ruling BJP in for the bypolls in Phulpur and Gorakhpur.

The Committee (UPCC) chief, speaking to the media here on the sidelines of his whirlwind campaign trail, said his party right from the onset of the poll exercise wanted to join hands with the and the SP, but due to the stubborn attitude of the former Minister, this could not materialise.

The said: "We would have been better placed and snatched both the seats from the incumbent BJP had we come together and fielded joint-opposition candidates. But it has not happened because of "

The BSP, too, he said did not initially show interest in the efforts of the to bring everyone on one platform against the

Babbar also claimed that to defeat in the 2019 General Elections, all secular parties will have to come together and fight unitedly, "otherwise defeating the BJP would not be easy".

The BSP, burying its 25-year-old bitter rivalry with the SP, has extended its support to the SP nominees on both seats but the Congress is going it alone.

Both the seats are crucial for the ruling BJP as they were formerly held by (Gorakhpur) and his deputy

The Congress and SP had fought the 2017 state assembly elections in an alliance but to disastrous results.

While the SP was voted out of power and its tally slipped to 47 from 224 in the 2017 assembly polls, the Congress could win only seven seats.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:48 IST