Samajwadi Party not ready to give Congress more than 2 seats in Uttar Pradesh for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

The SP is not so keen to take Congress on board in UP but will not field candidates against the Gandhis in Rai Bareli and Amethi.

Published: 18th June 2018 03:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2018 03:01 PM   |  A+A-

SP seems to have taken a lesson from the 2017 assembly polls where they forged an alliance with the Congress and are not keen in repeating the same in 2019. (Photo: PTI file image of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and SP president Akhilesh Yadav during a 20

By UNI

LUCKNOW: The opposition unity in the coming 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh could face a hurdle as the principal opposition Samajwadi Party has hinted that it could not accommodate Congress more than two seats in the Gandhi borough of Rae Bareli and Amethi.

The SP is not so keen to take Congress on board in UP but will not field candidates against the Gandhis in Rai Bareli and Amethi.

However, the SP has said they have completed talks with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal(RLD) for the alliance in the state.

A senior SP leader told UNI here on Monday that the Samajwadi Party leadership, taking a lesson from the 2017 assembly polls when it forged an alliance with the Congress, this time was not so keen in repeating the same in 2019.

"The SP is ready for alliance with BSP as it will help the party more than if it goes with the Congress," the leader said.

Besides, the Congress doesn't seem fit in the political narrative which SP president Akhilesh Yadav wants to build together with Mayawati's BSP.

The new narrative would be 85 per cent vs the 15 per cent which is the consolidation of Dalit, Backwards and Muslims against the Upper castes.

"SP sees Congress' as a upper caste party," the leader said.

The 2017 experiences also showed that SP-Congress alliance was a setback because Mr Yadav's and other backward caste who generally support SP, did not vote for the Congress candidate in alliance.

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  • Tiharwale

    Akhilesh should meet the same fate his father had from Sonia during 2004-2014
    1 year ago reply
  • Narendra M Apte

    1. This news report is sort of a wake-up call for the Congress party. Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi is having plans about formation of an anti-BJP front. But it is clear that ground realities are entirely different. In Uttar Pradesh
    1 year ago reply
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