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No 'UP ke Ladke' for 2019? SP Seals Alliance With BSP and RLD, Leaves Only Two Seats for Congress

The alliance has left only two seats, Amethi and Raebareli for the Congress. It is said that both SP and BSP will try to adjust some smaller political outfits instead of giving respectable seats to the grand old party.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18.com@qazifarazahmad

Updated:December 19, 2018, 11:14 AM IST
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No 'UP ke Ladke' for 2019? SP Seals Alliance With BSP and RLD, Leaves Only Two Seats for Congress
File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi (left) with Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI)
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Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have sealed a deal to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections in alliance.

Leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran has reported that the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have also agree to give three seats to Ajit Singh's Rashrtiya Lok Dal in the 'Gathbandhan'.

The alliance has however left only two seats, Amethi and Raebareli for the Congress. The former is represented by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, while Sonia Gandhi is Lok Sabha MP from the other.

The report also suggests that both SP and BSP will try to adjust some smaller political outfits instead of giving respectable seats to the Congress.

The Dainik Jagran report suggests Samajwadi Party might contest on 37 seats, Bahujan Samaj Party might contest on 38 seats and the rest will be divided between RLD and other smaller political outfits. There are 80 LS seats in UP of which BJP and its allies won 73 in 2014.

Earlier on Monday, Samajwadi Party Chief and former Chief Minister of the state while answering to queries related to DMK President MK Stalin’s call for Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate in 2019, Akhilesh Yadav said the opinion of the alliance can be different from Stalin’s opinion.

“The people are unhappy with the BJP. Telangana CM, Mamata ji and Sharad Pawar ji had attempted to bring together all leaders to form an alliance. If someone (Stalin) is giving his opinion, it isn't necessary that alliance has the same opinion.” said Akhilesh Yadav.

Meanwhile, BSP leader Anubhav Chak had while speaking to News18 said that even if the Congress performs well in the state assembly elections, there won’t be any pressure on BSP to accommodate Congress in the alliance for 2019 in UP. “Congress had fought last assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in coalition with Samajwadi Party and the results are in front of everyone.

Even if Congress gains upper hand in a few states, then too there will not be any kind of pressure on BSP to include Congress in any kind of alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections,” he had said.
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