Notwithstanding a pre-poll alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party, a defiant candidate today filed his nomination as a Congress nominee from Gauriganj assembly seat which has been given to the ruling party for the high-stake Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
Mohammed Naim, who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly polls from Gauriganj assembly segment on a Congress ticket, is the latest entrant in the list of candidates who have refused to withdraw their candidature despite the seat- sharing pact between both the parties.
Ameeta Sinh, the present wife of Congress leader Sanjay Sinh, will also file her nomination as a Congress nominee from Amethi seat from where Sanjay’s estranged first wife Garima Sinh is contesting on a BJP ticket.
SP, which has got the Amethi assembly constituency under the seat-sharing arrangement with Congress, has given ticket to sitting MLA and controversial leader Gayatri Prajapati from the Congress bastion. SP has already fielded its sitting MLA from Gauriganj seat. Candidates of both SP and Congress have filed their nominations in over 10 seats despite forming the alliance.
However, both the parties have downplayed it, with AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad saying SP candidates had filed their papers when it appeared that the alliance would not come through and though at some places they wanted to withdraw, they could not do so due to uncertainty.
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There would be a three-cornered fight between BJP, BSP and SP-Congress alliance in UP. Out of the 403 assembly seats, SP would be contesting 298 and Congress the rest 105.