Sunday, 22 January 2017

It's official: Samajwadi Party to field 298 candidates, Congress 105 in alliance for Uttar Pradesh polls

NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress today confirmed they will contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls together.

The Samajwadi Party will field 298 candidates, and the Congress 105, the SP's Uttar Pradesh chief Naresh Uttam said at a joint conference in Lucknow.

"For the unity and integrity of India, and following a secular ideology, we will continue our fight under SP National president (and Uttar Pradesh chief minister) Akhilesh Yadav," Naresh Uttam said.

"The country's secular fabric will become stronger when Akhilesh Yadav becomes the chief minister again," he added.

Uttam said the idea was to "uproot" the "communal" BJP, and make Uttar Pradesh a leading state by removing both the BJP and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party.

Congress Uttar Pradesh unit chief Raj Babbar said his party accepted the SP's offer of 105 seats keeping in mind the prevailing situation in the country, and the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh.

He explained that the two parties had forged an alliance to thwart the BJP's "divisive politics, and at the same time to boost secularism and promote communal and social harmony."


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