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UP equation not a setback for us, results will surprise Modi: Rahul

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on Saturday said the and leaving the out of the alliance in was not a "setback" for his party, and stressed that the poll results "would surprise people".

"The SP and BSP have every right to have an alliance. It's their political decision. They might have taken it after due consideration. I won't call it a setback because the BJP is anyway not going to win any seats in Uttar Pradesh," Gandhi said at a press conference here.

"The party has tremendous amount to offer to the people of Uttar Pradesh, so we will do our best. We will fight with full aggression for our ideology. And the result will surprise people," he added.

Gandhi said the results of the coming will surprise who "will not understand what has happened".

However, Gandhi refused to open up on possibility of a post-poll alliance with the two dominant parties in Notably, the SP-BSP alliance will not field its candidates on the Lok Sabha seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli, the constituencies of Rahul and respectively.

"I have tremendous respect for Mayawati ji, Mulayam Singh ji and Akhilesh. The BSP and SP have said a few wrong things about us, but we accept it. That's our way of doing things," said.

He said the Congress "might give a surprise or two to the people" about what it was capable of doing in

Uttar Pradesh is considered the most crucial as it has 80 in the Lok Sabha seats, the maximum for any state. Political pundits hold that the road to 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the Prime Minister's office, goes from Uttar Pradesh.

Gandhi also emphasised that the equation in Uttar Pradesh will not affect alliances in others states.

"The situations are different in different states. In Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, and others states, alliances are being sealed smoothly one after another. So I don't think it should be any problem," he said.

Asked what will be his priorities if his party comes to power, Gandhi said the Congress government would take "rational economic decisions" and would restructure the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

He accused the of vitiating the atmosphere of the country, undermining "every single constitutional institution" of the country and taking such as demonetisation and multi-layered GST which warded off big business from

He said unlike Modi, he would fulfil all his commitments made to the people and restore the credibility of institutions.

Gandhi was on a two-day tour of the (UAE).

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 22:56 IST
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