UP Election 2017: Congress confirms tie-up with SP, Akhilesh to lead the alliance
Akhilesh and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will together address election rallies in the state, while Akhilesh�s wife and MP Dimple and Priyanka Gandhi will speak to voters to ensure the victory for the alliance.
After the Election Commission’s decided to award the Samajwadi Party’s Cycle symbol to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the Congress on Tuesday announced that it would tie up with SP in the coming state assembly election in UP.
Confirming the alliance, Congress leader and AICC Uttar Pradesh in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad said details about it will be decided in coming days. He also added that the Cong-Samajwadi Party alliance will go for election under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav.
According to the reports, Akhilesh and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will together address election rallies in the state, while Akhilesh’s wife and MP Dimple and Priyanka Gandhi will share the dais to ensure the victory for the alliance. SP is likely to allot about 80 seats for Congress candidates and 20 for others.
Akhilesh has prepared a list of all the SP candidates, and talks are going on between SP and Congress leaders to prepare the final list of the candidates.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief chief minister Sheila Dixit said, she is backing out from the race for Akhilesh, saying that there cannot be two CM candidates.
Earlier the talks between Congress and SP failed when SP supremo Mulayam Singh objected to Congress' demand for Deputy Chief Minister's post. Akhilesh is likely to rope in regional parties like Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal to defeat his formidable foes like BJP and Mulayam Singh, reports quoted sources as saying.
The 43-year-old Chief Minister is seeking another term in the UP state Assembly Elections to be held next month.
Akhilesh is emphasizing on the development of UP, notorious for its deep-rooted caste equations, backwardness, and lawlessness during his election campaign.