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SP-Congress alliance in UP back on track, says Akhilesh after talks with Priyanka Gandhi

According to the sources, the seat-sharing talks between Samajwadi Party and Congress, which till yesterday seemed off track, reached almost a conclusion after Priyanka Gandhi spoke to Akhilesh Yadav.

Reported By : Ruchi Kumar, Vijai Laxmi Edited By : Raju Kumar
Updated on: February 21, 2024 17:02 IST
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav
Image Source : PTI SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Paty chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday hinted that his party's alliance with Congress is on track and the formal announcement will come very soon. The Congress may get 16-18 seats, sources said adding the official announcement could be made in Lucknow this evening around 5 pm. According to reports, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra seem to have played a crucial role in maintaining the alliance in Uttar Pradesh as she was the one who initiated the conversation with Akhilesh after having talks with Rahul Gandhi.

"All is well that ends well. Yes, there will be an alliance. There is no conflict. Everything will be out and clear soon," former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said on seat-sharing talks with the grand old party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

According to the sources, Congress wants some changes in the proposal sent by SP. Congress wants changes in two or three seats out of seventeen offered by Yadav.

Congress has stepped back on its demand to contest on Moradabad seat and instead asked for three seats including Sitapur, Shravasti and Varanasi among others, they said.

Among other seats, Congress may now get Amroha, Bijnor, Saharanpur and Jhansi, while Mathura will go to SP, they added.

Will join Nyay Yatra only after seat-sharing deal done, says Akhilesh 

Meanwhile, Yadav said he would join the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in UP after the seat-sharing deal is done. The Gandhi-led yatra entered Unnao on Wednesday after journeying through Amethi and Raebareli.
Ajay Rai, the Congress' Uttar Pradesh unit chief, had earlier said the party should get around two dozen seats it had won in the 2009 general elections. The Samajwadi Party and the Congress are partners in the opposition I.N.D.I.A bloc. The Congress secured victory only from the Raebareli seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh. At 80, the state sends the highest number of MPs to Parliament.

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