Ghulam Nabi Azad rubbishes pre-poll alliance with SP, RLD for UP elections
According to latest reports, Congress� unrelenting demand for Deputy Chief Minister�s post have put roadblock on the alliance talks, and now all the talks stand cancelled, confirmed reports. Congress also reportedly made a demand for contesting in 100 seats
Amid speculation of forming a grand alliance against the BJP in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad, who is in-charge of Congress in the state, has rubbished the rumours as “completely baseless”.
According to media reports, Congress’ unrelenting demand for Deputy Chief Minister’s post have put a roadblock on the alliance talks, and now all the talks stand cancelled. It is learnt that the Congress demanded 100 seats which has been rejected by the Samajwadi Party, which is willing to offer only 65- 75 seats, sources said.
Reacting to media reports of a possible alliance against BJP, Azad said, “It is completely baseless. No discussions have taken place on the alliance and when the discussion has not taken place, then, there is no chance of seat distribution as well.”
Earlier, there were reports that Congress will form a pre-poll alliance with SP and Rashtriya Lok Dal and that talks were already on between Congress leaders and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Reportedly, according to the earlier discussions, Samajwadi Party wanted to contest in 303 seats and was ready to give away Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal 78 and 22 seats respectively in the Assembly poll.
The opposition parties were earlier hoping to repeat the success of the grand alliance forged by JD(U), RJD and Congress against BJP in Bihar Assembly elections of 2015. All the three parties were pitching an agenda of mobilising anti-communal forces against BJP, given the current mood in the country against the Modi government after demonetisation.
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