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Lok Sabha Elections: Congress to contest 17 seats, Akhilesh Yadav's SP, others 63 in UP

Lok Sabha elections are due to be held in April-May this year. In Uttar Pradesh, there are a total of 80 Lok Sabha seats. According to reports, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has played a crucial role in finalising seat-sharing between Samajwadi Party and Congress in the state.

Reported By : Vishal Pratap Singh Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari
New Delhi
Updated on: February 22, 2024 6:11 IST
Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi, Lok Sabha elections 2024
Image Source : FILE PHOTO Samajwadi Party chief and ex-UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: I.N.D.I.A bloc partners Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress on Wednesday finalised the seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, to be held in April-May this year.

The Samajwadi Party along with other alliance partners will contest on 63 seats while Congress has been alloted 17.

Speaking on seat-sharing decision, Congress Uttar Pradesh in-charge Avinash Pande said, "I am delighted to tell you that it has been decided that in Uttar Pradesh the INC will contest on 17 seats and the remaining 63 seats will have candidates of INDIA Alliance - from SP and other parties."

After seat-sharing finalised, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said, "Congratulations to all and best wishes for a harmonious alliance!... to save the Constitution of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, tTo implement Lohia ji's principle of numerical sharing, to bring equality by activating socialist values, to get 90 per cent PDA (Backward, Dalit and Adivasi) their rights and - ⁠For the progress of the country... let's unite." 

 

According to reports, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra played a key role during the seat-sharing talks between Samajwadi Party and Congress. Sources said that it was Priyanka who initiated talks with Akhilesh Yadav while keeping Rahul Gandhi in the loop.

The Congress party was initially demanding Moradabad seat apart from others it wanted to contest on, however, it didn't press for too long on its demand in order to keep the unity of the alliance. 

The Congress will contest on: 

  1. Raebareli 
  2. Amethi 
  3. Kanpur Nagar 
  4. Fatehpur Sikri 
  5. Bansgaon 
  6. Saharanpur 
  7. Prayagraj
  8. Maharajganj
  9. Varanasi
  10. Amroha 
  11. Jhansi
  12. Bulandshahr
  13. Ghaziabad
  14. Mathura
  15. Sitapur
  16. Barabanki
  17. Deoria

The remaining 63 seats will be contested by Samajwadi Party and other I.N.D.I.A bloc partners.

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