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Congress backs BSP's candidate for Rajya Sabha nomination

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

In a major development, the today decided to support the BSP candidate Ambedkar for the elections scheduled later this month.

A meeting of Legislature Party was held here this morning and after consulting the MLAs, we have decided to vote for the BSP nominee in the election, CLP said.

"We have decided to join hands with the secular forces against the oppressive and communal and decided to vote for the BSP candidate," Lallu said, adding that the central leadership of the party has been apprised of the decision and they have supported it.

The Congress' support comes after offered a quid pro quo in elections in and

According to the offer, her party would support the candidate in election in if all its seven MLAs vote for the BSP's Rajya Sabha candidate in

The BSP, with 19 MLAs, needs 18 more votes in order to ensure the smooth sail of its nominee, who has already filed his nomination, to the

The Samajwadi Party, which has 47 MLAs, has already fielded and will be left with 10 surplus votes and together with seven Congress and one of the RLD, BSP will be able to get its candidate elected.

The nomination process for the election on UP's 10 Rajya Sabha seats will close on March 12. The election, if necessary, will be held on March 23.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 16:00 IST