Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikhit on Wednesday said that Uttar Pradesh’ current Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is a much better candidate for top-post. The 78-year-old leader, in a conversation with NDTV, said that she would be happy to step aside for him. Earlier in the day, Sheila had said that she is favour of an alliance with Samajwadi Party. Sheila further said that she’s even ready to withdraw her CM candidature if alliance takes place, India Today TV reported. Sheila’s comments come just after election commission announced dates for polling in the five states, including UP.
In an conversation with ANI, Sheila Dikshit said that parties can schedule their programs in a better way as the dates have been announced for the elections now. She said, “Elections brings challenges, parties know it, now dates are announced can schedule programs better.” Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi announced that assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur will be held between February 4 and March 8 this year.
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India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls in seven phases. The scheduled dates are February 11, 15, 19, 23 and 27 and March 4 and 8. An alliance between Congress (INC) and Samajwadi Party (SP) would mean significant consolidation of Muslim vote-bank.
As per some reports earlier, Prasanth Kishore, Congress’ poll strategist for Uttar Pradesh elections, was in favour of an alliance between SP and Congress. However, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had ruled out any alliances at the time of declaring candidates for the upcoming elections.