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Chidambaram hopes for rethink on UP alliance, says Cong ready to fight alone

Press Trust of India  |  Varanasi 

Senior P Chidambaram Saturday said his party was ready to fight the elections alone but hoped there would be a rethink on the SP-BSP alliance for

The cannot be underestimated in and will fight on its own strength if required, the former Union said after the two parties announced a seat-sharing pact, keeping the out.

But he hoped that the agreement between and was not the final word.

As the elections approach, a truly broad-based alliance will be formed in Uttar Pradesh, Chidambaram said on the sidelines of a party event here.

Chidambaram said the goal was to defeat the and expressed hope that all secular, liberal parties would come together to fight the elections.

Earlier in Lucknow, the and BSP announced an alliance, under which they will fight 38 seats each out of the 80 in the state.

They left Amethi and the two seats from where and contested last time for the Congress.

Two other seats will be shared with smaller allies, the and the BSP announced.

Chidambaram was here to seek suggestions from the people on what to include in the Congress manifesto for the 2019 polls.

Asking a gathering of about 200 people to speak their minds, Chidambaram said his party was not the BJP and in Congress people from all walks of life are heard.

The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the demolition of some temples to make way for the Vishwanath temple corridor in were among the issues discussed.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 21:30 IST