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After SP-BSP alliance, Congress says will contest all 80 LS seats in UP

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Left out of the SP-BSP pre-poll tie-up in Uttar Pradesh, the on Sunday announced it would go it alone on all 80 seats in the state in the upcoming

After a brainstorming session with senior party leaders, in-charge of UP Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, said his party would accommodate any secular force capable of taking on the ruling in the election.

Meanwhile, Minister claimed the recently forged alliance between the and the will have no impact on the state's and the BJP will "effectively wipe them off".

Speaking at a programme here, Adityanath said the SP-BSP alliance denoted "casteist mentality" and "anarchic elements".

"The alliance means giving power to people who are corrupt, anarchic elements and have casteist mentality. This alliance will have no impact on the of the state.

"It is good that both these parties have come together. It will help us effectively wipe them off," he asserted.

The also went on to say, "Why are and BSP different parties? They should be merged".

Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the ruling BJP, appeared to differ with Adityanath's assessment. It said the SP-BSP alliance will put up a strong fight in elections.

"The country is witnessing an era of coalition, and no party has the courage to go to the polls alone. The SP-BSP alliance is a strong alliance and it will put up a strong contest in the elections," UP and SBSP told reporters Saturday.

Replying to another query on whether his party will go with the SP-BSP alliance, Rajbhar said there was "no truth" in such rumours.

Taking a jibe at BJP, he said, "The BJP feels there is a saffron wave across the state. The BJP is having the galatfahmi (wrong perception) that more than 60 per cent of people are supporting it."

He said the party did see the result of this wrong perception during the Lok Sabha bypolls when it lost the Gorakhpur, Phoolpur and Kairana, and Noorpur assembly seat.

In another development, Shivpal Yadav, of Pragatisheel (Lohia) told reporters here, "When Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) had forged an alliance (with BSP), there was no fear of CBI. Today there is a fear of CBI, and it is because of CBI that the alliance is taking place. This alliance will not prove to be successful."

Shivpal also said his talks for Lok Sabha elections are going on with various parties including the

Sunday's meeting of the Congress was held a day after and BSP announced their alliance in UP, sharing 38 seats each and leaving two seats for smaller parties. They also left and Amethi seats for and Congress chief respectively.

Speaking to reporters here, said, "The Congress will contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP and defeat BJP."

He expressed hope that the would double the tally of 21 seats it had won in the state in the 2009

Asked whether the Congress will forge a coalition with any other party, said, "If any party is willing to accompany the Congress and the Congress feels that it can fight the BJP, then it will definitely be accommodated."

On his party being left out of the SP-BSP alliance, he said, "We wanted that the Congress should have been a part of the (against the BJP) in UP. But if someone does not want to walk along, nothing can be done."

Asked whether the Congress would field candidates on seats which will be contested by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (since the SP-BSP alliance will not field nominees from and Amethi), did not give any clear answer.

On the possibility of a post-poll alliance with the and the BSP, he said at the national level, the Congress would welcome all secular regional parties.

To another question on the SP-BSP tie-up, Azad said, "Congress workers are not at all disappointed on being left out of the alliance. On the contrary, they are saying the party would have had to contest on 25 seats, but now it would be contesting on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Congress will hold at least 13 rallies in UP."

At the joint press conference with Yadav held on Saturday, Mayawati had explained why the Congress was left out of the SP-BSP alliance.

She had said that during the Congress's rule in the country, poverty, unemployment and corruption grew, and there were scams in defence deals. She had also pointed out that in the past, her party had not benefitted from seat-sharing pacts with the Congress.

"I have seen that our votes get transferred to the Congress, but not vice-versa. We do not gain from an alliance with the Congress, whereas the vote transfer is perfect in an SP-BSP tie-up."

Azad accused the BJP of dividing the country for power. "The coming Lok Sabha election is a battle to unite and safeguard the democratic values," he said.

Attacking Narendra Modi, he said, "Modi is not concerned about the country, he is bothered about his own One of the biggest scams has taken place during the tenure of this government. The government has not gone for a probe. Not going for a probe does not mean that the scam has not been committed."

On the possibility of an alliance with the Ajit Singh-led RLD, Azad said he would not like to speak to the media about it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 21:05 IST