Preserving risk of alliance in thoughts, Cong prepared with ‘plan B’

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Written by MAULSHREEE SETH | Lucknow | Revealed:January 10, 2017 12:46 am

Whereas the Congress’ ballot committee has drawn up a listing of possible candidates on all 403 meeting constituencies within the state, a doable alliance with the Samajwadi Get together (SP) has members scurrying to organize a “plan B”. Whereas SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had earlier dominated out any alliance within the upcoming polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had brazenly supported an alliance with the Congress. He had claimed that, collectively, the events might win over 300 seats within the Meeting. Though Congress is conserving quiet over the difficulty, sources say the get together could pitch for no less than 100 seats if it enters into an alliance with the SP. Sources inside each events inform that though there isn’t any set system, leaders and employees have already made their thoughts and have additionally acquired indications from the get together management.


In 2012, 28 seats went to the Congress. Later, it gained a by-election and elevated its tally to 29. Nevertheless, within the months working as much as the election, the get together has seen 9 of its legislators defect to numerous events. These embrace three Muslim MLAs, who joined BSP; Mukesh Srivastava, who joined SP and remaining becoming a member of BJP together with former state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi. Sources inform that among the many seats for which the Congress would put stake declare would come with about 23 out of 28 seats, which it had gained within the 2012 meeting election.

Whereas the get together has assured 20 of its sitting MLAs, a seat, the Congress is prone to make a declare for different seats like Tiloi in Amethi, from the place its MLA Mohd Muslim defected to hitch the BSP.Out of 10 seats in Rae Bareli and Amethi, Congress may additionally declare Gauriganj and Amethi.

Sources say Amethi is prone to be some extent of competition if Akhilesh decides to offer the ticket to his minister Gayatri Prajapati. This would go away spouse of Congress Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Sinha in a spot – this was her constituency till she was defeated by Prajapati within the final election.

Rae Bareli district, a Congress bastion, will probably stay with the get together. Sources confirmed to The Indian Specific that Congress nationwide president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka had given the go-ahead for all contestants of the earlier election to contest the seats right here.

Rubi Prasad, an Unbiased who gained the Dudhi seat (Sonebhadra district) with the assist of the Congress, has been assured of Akhilesh’s assist this time. Other than these, Congress could declare 30 others, 20 of which get together insiders say it has a robust probability, the place it had misplaced however got here in second within the final elections. However even right here, there are those that left the get together. One such instance is Anil Kumar Verma, who had contested 2012 election as Congress candidate from Laharpur meeting constituency and had misplaced the election to BSP candidate. Verma has now joined Samajwadi Get together and has already figured within the record launched by Akhilesh Yadav.

Amongst these, the Deoband seat, could also be one other level of trouble: Each Congress and SP feels it’s their area. Other than these, there are about 10 seats on which senior get together leaders and former get together MPs are taking duty for the election of their shut kinfolk.

Though get together management claims that “Jitau and Tikau” (winnability and loyalty) are their two prime standards whereas deciding on candidates, sources inform that there are giant variety of outsiders, who’ve just lately joined the get together and get together feels that they stand a greater probability beneath Congress banner. Sources inform that among the current public conferences of AICC Basic Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad in opposition to demonetisation and “Jan Akrosh rally” was strategically deliberate in districts the place get together feels that it stands a greater probability.

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