Congress who was earlier demanding 120-130 seats is ready to almost halve its demand in a possible alliance with the Samajwadi Party, says a report/
Congress who was earlier demanding 120-130 seats is ready to almost halve its demand in a possible alliance with the Samajwadi Party, says a Hindustan Times report. This can be a gamechanger in next years’s UP assembly elections. The Congress may settle for 70 of the state’s 403 seats, down from its initial demand of 120-130, sources told HT. Before finalising things in this regard, Congress is waiting for the differences to settle between chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav for control of the SP. As of now, Congress sources said the SP has multiple power centres and it was unclear who would take a final call.
“Politics is the art of the possible. But there is nothing on an alliance yet,” Congress chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit told HT, referring to Akhilesh’s statement at HT’s Leadership Summit on December 2 that a SP-Congress combine could win more than 300 seats. The SP side remained non-committal. At one point, the Congress wanted an alliance with the BSP but Mayawati showed no interest. Senior Congress functionaries are of the view that a pact with the SP could consolidate the Muslim-Yadav vote bank and keep the BSP and BJP at bay. A section of upper castes – wooed by the Congress with its Brahmin CM pick — might also be swayed by the alliance.
Both Akhilesh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi share a good rapport. Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor is also trying hard to bring the two parties together, and has already met SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ahikesh to finalise the deal.