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Akhilesh, Mayawati set to announce alliance without Cong in UP

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Yadav and BSP will Saturday announce their alliance, from which the seems to be out as the parties gear up for the polls.

and SC Misra Friday sent out the invitation for a joint press conference at a hotel here.

Yadav confirmed in a television interview that the press conference is on the alliance in Uttar Pradesh, while parrying questions on the

At a meeting in Kannauj, he also said," Our coming together has not only created fear in the BJP but also in the "

A Congress here said the party is ready to fight the alone.

Smaller parties like the RLD and the are also likely to be part of the alliance, but were not mentioned in the announcement on the press conference.

RLD's state unit told that the party national vice will be in the state capital Saturday and, if invited, could be a part of the joint press conference.

His evaded questions from the media on the two seats expected to be set aside for the RLD, saying the discussions were in an early stage. Sources said the RLD has demanded six seats in any seat-sharing agreement.

The top leadership of the SP and the BSP recently met in to discuss the broad parameters of an alliance to take on the BJP in the upcoming just months away.

After the meeting, the SP said Yadav and had given their in-principal approval for an alliance in

Sources said the SP and the BSP are planning to contest on 37 seats each out of the 80 on offer in and plan to leave just two, and Amethi, the bastions of and Rahul Gandhi, for the Congress.

said the party was ready to fight the coming elections alone in the state.

"We alone have 45 seats in the and it is any day many more than the regional players, he said.

A 'mahagathbandhan' in the Lok Sabha elections needs to be built around the party having a national face," Bakshi said.

"We are ready to take along like- minded parties and they can come together with us," he said.

Congress leaders like PL Punia, who delivered to the Congress as its state in-charge, and are reportedly of the view that the party should seek its pound of flesh in any alliance.

They cite the example of 2009 when the Congress romped home with 22 Lok Sabha seats in UP, surprising many.

They also say that with getting more "combative against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress now stands a better chance than before.

At a party convention in on Friday, mocked the "bua-bhatija" alliance of the parties led by Akhilesh Yadav and

He said they could not stand each other but have now joined hands due to the fear of the BJP, echoing remarks made by at a recent rally in

Shah claimed that the BJP is on its way to win more than 50 per cent votes in Uttar Pradesh, asserting the saffron alliance's tally will improve from the 73 Lok Sabha seats it won in 2014 out of the state's 80.

Last year, Yadav and Mayawati decided to bury their differences to contest three bypolls.

The joint opposition victories in the bypolls in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana was seen as a consolidation of Other Backward Classes, Dalits and Muslim votes, and raised expectations of a similar math working in the 2019 elections.

In recent days, Yadav and Mayawati have put out press statements that mention a "gathbandhan".

Mayawati's press statement was in solidarity with Yadav amid reports that the CBI might question him in connection with a scam that allegedly took place when he was

"Don't be shaken," she advised him.

Yadav returned the favour when he put out a statement to condemn Modi's remarks at a rally in on Mayawati "forgetting" an attack on her by SP workers in 1995.

"The PM is scared of the alliance," Yadav said.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:20 IST