UP Polls: Congress MLAs meet Rahul Gandhi, want ‘secular’ tie-up

Some of the MLAs expressed apprehensions about not being able to maintain the momentum created during the yatra, said sources.

Written by Manoj C G , Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: October 27, 2016 1:41 pm
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ON A day when Samajwadi Party’s UP president Shivpal Yadav hinted at a tie-up with the RLD and Congress to stop “communal forces”, 17 Congress MLAs from the state conveyed to the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi that he should look at forming an alliance with “secular forces” to fight the assembly elections next year.

“Most of us expressed our support for a pre-poll alliance with secular forces in UP. After giving a patient hearing to the 17 MLAs, Rahulji told us that our views on an alliance would be considered top priority,” Pradeep Mathur, Congress’s Legislature Party leader in UP told The Indian Express.

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”We conveyed our opinion but the final decision has to be taken by the party high command. The BSP is reluctant to go for any alliance and the possible options put forward by most of us were the RLD and SP,” said another party MLA, who attended the meeting. Sources said that Rahul, who met the MLAs individually and later addressed them collectively, also sought to know their opinion about the impact of his Kisan Yatra in the state recently.

Some of the MLAs expressed apprehensions about not being able to maintain the momentum created during the yatra, said sources. But others said that the yatra and the loan-waiver forms that the party had distributed among farmers had generated interest, sources said.

Over the last few months, nine of the 29 Congress MLAs in UP have left the party, with the latest being former state party president Rita Bahuguna Joshi who joined the BJP. Out of the 20 MLAs left, Anugrah Narayan Singh had met Rahul yesterday, Akhilesh Pratap Singh was busy attending a programme in his constituency Deoria and Kaushal Kishore failed to make it for Wednesday’s meeting due to ill health, said sources.

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”This meeting came very late and closer to the election. But today, he asked each one of us about our opinion on a pre-poll alliance, and we were given enough time to put forward our issues. We were assured of party tickets and told that experiments would be conducted on other seats,” said a party MLA who attended the meeting.

AICC general secretary in charge of UP, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and state president, Raj Babbar, were present when Rahul addressed the MLAs, sources said.

Earlier, SP leader Shivpal Yadav had said that his party was “ready to make any sacrifice” to stop “communal forces”. “We will bring all Lohiawadi, Chaudhary Charan Singhwadi and Gandhiwadi parties together to stop communal forces,” Shivpal told reporters.

But Congress sources said that the high command was faced with a dilemma over a pre-poll alliance. While the party had been fighting aggressively against the SP government over the last five years, the BSP has not shown any interest in a pre-poll tie-up.

Sources expressed the fear that an alliance with the SP would mean sharing the burden of any anti-incumbency sentiment against the Akhilesh Yadav government.

The Congress has so far stated that it would prefer to go alone in the polls. But there has since been a subtle change in its public pronouncements. On Wednesday, for instance, it did not openly rebuff the SP on its desire to stitch together a grand alliance on the lines of the one forged by Congress, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD in Bihar. Asked about Shivpal’s statement on a possible alliance, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said, “We have seen the statement, we have absorbed the statement, we have internalised it and we will react at an appropriate time.”

Asked whether such an alliance was possible, Tiwari said, “In the preponderance of probabilities, everything is an open season in politics and that is more of a philosophical postulate than an political statement. But having said that, the Newtonian laws of motion say that when things are fast evolving and fast developing, it is appropriate to allow them to play out their course. So we are also watching and we are also observing what is happening in UP very keenly.”

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First Published on: October 27, 2016 6:10 am
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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:25 am
    SAMAJWADI PARTY AND CONGRESS THINK OF ONLY WINNING SEATS AND AMING WEALTH FOR THEMSELVES . PEOPLE OF UP ARE WISER THAN RAHUL AND SHIVPAL YADAV AND CAN MAKE THE BEST CHOICE. THESE PEOPLE WORK FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS , NOT FOR THE STATE AND PEOPLE , SAVE THE LAND OF UP FROM THESE DESTROYERS AND MAKE UP A DEVELOPED STATE ,( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      VISWALINGAM
      Oct 27, 2016 at 4:26 am
      SAMAJWADI PARTY AND CONGRESS THINK OF ONLY WINNING SEATS AND AMING WEALTH FOR THEMSELVES . PEOPLE OF UP ARE WISER THAN RAHUL AND SHIVPAL YADAV AND CAN MAKE THE BEST CHOICE. THESE PEOPLE WORK FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS , NOT FOR THE STATE AND PEOPLE , SAVE THE LAND OF UP FROM THESE DESTROYERS AND MAKE UP A DEVELOPED STATE ,( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )lt;br/gt;a few seconds ago
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        Chander Pal
        Oct 27, 2016 at 6:16 am
        Gone are the days of sickulism. People want job creation, infra structure, development.
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          Jayr
          Oct 27, 2016 at 6:25 am
          By wanting "secular" tie up, what they mean is Con Party to tie up with anti-national forces and terrorist outfits. Such alliance already exists, nothing new.
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            Rg
            Oct 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm
            Pappuji will surely tie will all progressive,Dev oriented,liberal secular parties like MIM ,SP, BSp,RJD,JDU,RLD and also get outside support from All India Muslim personal law board for Up elections and lead scamgress party to a thumping victory and appoint Sheela Dixit ji as the next UP Cm and Raj bubber as the deputy CM.
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              Ram
              Oct 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm
              Akhilesh and Rahul is a wining combo... to keep communal forces out of power
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                SubbuI
                Oct 27, 2016 at 5:48 am
                THE INC MUST WAIT MORE TIMEAND WATCH FOR FURTHER DEVOLOPMENTS. IF AKHILESH COMES OUT OF PARENT BODY RAHUL CAN OPT FOR A ALLIANCE WITH AKHILESH RATHER WITH SHIVPAL YADAV DOMINATED S.P.THOUGH THAT GROUP MAY BE MORE RESOURCEFUL AKHILEH IS EMERGING LEADER AND WILL BE MORE SUITBLE FOR 2019 ELECTIONS TOO.ULTIMATE AIM OF ALL SECULAR FORCES MUST BE TO DEFEAT BJP NO ONLY IN ALL COMING EMBLY ELECTION- AND IN 2019 LOKSABHA ELECTIONS TOO
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                  Vaidesh
                  Oct 27, 2016 at 6:33 am
                  For over six decades, the fake hi family looted the country to the core wearing "secular" mask. The party is now owned by Italian mafia, and a lot of news emerging now on how this corrupt party colluded with terror elements, how it betra India, and how it helped the enemy country by giving away 80 percent of our Indu river waters to stan, and in return imported terrorism from stan. No self respecting Indian will ever vote for this party again.
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                    Deepak
                    Oct 27, 2016 at 9:47 am
                    Lowest lavel of politcs pl by Nitish..only for Power..
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                      Deepak
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 9:50 am
                      Seculer means Looters, Goons ,
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                        Deepak
                        Oct 27, 2016 at 9:55 am
                        What abt Delhi riots.. Sajan kumar and Jagdish settar, Why he shows his honesty only at the time of elections, He is simply insulting IQ of poor indians like you..
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                          Harry
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 6:23 pm
                          Yes in Opinion a monkey. Secularist Hindus have human body with monkey mind.
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                            chaitanya
                            Oct 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm
                            This secular cheque has been encashed several times over. 2014 elections have given a decent burial to this bluff of Indian politics dominated more by vote-bank considerations rather than interest of the nation.
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                              Ravi
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 2:03 am
                              Secular tie up = rabidly communal Islamic tie up to wipe out the Kafirslt;br/gt;Jai ho communal Kahngress
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                                Geeta
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 4:39 am
                                Congress should not join hands with SP. Best would be Bahan ji or going alone
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                                  harshad
                                  Oct 27, 2016 at 5:34 am
                                  one thing is common in all this wadis (Lohiawadi, Chaudhary Charan Singhwadi and hiwadi) they all are muslimwadi ie promuslim.
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                                    Babudabang
                                    Oct 27, 2016 at 5:37 am
                                    One dynasty meets another and call themselves SECULAR!!! Hahahaha
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                                      ganeshSaxena
                                      Oct 27, 2016 at 1:51 am
                                      Congress is doomed as they pushing one family on the people of India. They won earlier because Dr. Manmohan Singh was brilliant, honest and a nationalist. They have placed Shiela Dixit and Raj Babbar on top in U.P. Both are Punjabi Khatris (merchant caste of Punjab) with no power in U.P. It was better if they had chosen a U.P. Khatri to lead themlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;congress could easily win if they chose well educated, honest candidates from U.P. As of now they are going to lose badly..
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                                        ss
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 4:56 am
                                        Does Fissaddi Lal have a choice ? Under his incompetent leadership, Congress has been reduced to such a state that it is prepared to clutch at any straw thrown at it.
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                                          JM
                                          Oct 27, 2016 at 6:59 am
                                          All sanghis are full time abusing political opponents. They are afraid of Bihar effect.
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                                            JM
                                            Oct 27, 2016 at 6:57 am
                                            stupid comment.
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