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SP, BSP fell into BJP pattern by announcing alliance in UP: Congress

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An SP-BSP alliance in without the was exactly what the BJP wanted initially and the two regional parties have fallen into the ruling party's design, the said Monday.

Its R P N Singh said the BJP wanted the secular parties to remain divided in the politically crucial before the 2019 Lok Sabha election and contest independently so that their votes could be split. Its attempts have proved successful, he added.

On Sunday, the said it would contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in in the general election, expected in April-May. That the party was left out of the SP-BSP alliance would not affect its prospects and the Congress would contest with "full force", it had said.

On Monday, Singh tried to raise doubts over the longevity of the alliance, wondering whether it would last till the election.

He also asked whether now BSP and would attack on "corruption" in the Rafale jet deal.

"The SP-BSP coming together leaving the Congress outside is what the BJP wanted from the very beginning, that the opposition parties contest independently. It seems they have fallen into the pattern that BJP wanted," he told

He said attempts are being made in all states to unite secular forces and avoid division of anti-BJP votes. "They (SP and BSP) did not express their desire to even talk to us," he alleged.

The SP-BSP alliance was formalised on Saturday at a joint presser by and Yadav. They announced their parties would contest 38 seats each and would leave two seats for smaller allies. They also said they would not field candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli, the traditional seats of Congress and his mother respectively.

Accusing the leadership of the SP and the BSP of not attacking Modi on corruption, Singh said, "We don't see the leaders of these parties attacking the on corruption in the Rafale scam, the way has attacked him."

"We expect the and the to take this up as vehemently in the elections as Gandhi has taken it up," he said.

The former Union minister who hails from Padrauna in Uttar Pradesh and won the Kushinagar Lok Sabha seat in 2009, said the Congress is talking to other smaller parties in Uttar Pradesh for possible alliances for the

He said whenever other have undermined the Congress, the people of Uttar Pradesh have shown them what the is.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 21:35 IST