Congress, after being snubbed from the SP-BSP alliance, announced to contest from 80 seats in UP. The decision came after Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and UP Congress chief Raj Babbar held a closed-door meeting.
Speaking to the media in Lucknow, Shivpal supported the government’s decision to give 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections of the general category, but added that he did not trust BJP.
The estranged uncle of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav stressed that all those talking about forming a morcha to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should also talk to his party which was ready to deliberate on the issue.
Shivpal is going to show strength of his new outfit on Sunday (December 9) by holding it's first rally--Jan Aakrosh Rally--at Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow where party leaders are expecting a gathering Of more than two lakh people.
Coming a month after his second son Prateek Yadav's wife expressed her support to uncle Shivpal Yadav, the SP patriarch's visit to both the outfits compounded the confusion of party workers in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.
The recent allotment of BSP chief Mayawati's bungalow and provision of Z-plus security to Yadav has led to rumours that he was being implicitly supported by the BJP to tackle the potent SP-BSP combine.