Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday confirmed that his party will contest only on five assembly seats in the upcoming elections in the state of Gujarat, as reported by news agency PTI. He added his party will support the Congress on the remaining seats.
The SP had entered into an alliance with the Congress party in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections that was held earlier this year.
The Election Commission (EC) has said that the state will go to polls before December 18. The EC had announced the election dates of Himachal Pradesh but not that of Gujarat. This step of the EC attracted criticism from the opposition. Gujarat Legislative Assembly consists of 182 members, out of which 13 are reserved for scheduled castes and 27 for scheduled tribes. The BJP has been in power for the last two decades in Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gujarat third time this month. He inaugurated various development projects in Gujarat including the the first phase of the Ghogha-Dahej roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry service connecting Saurashtra and south Gujarat.
Ahead of the elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too is on a three-day visit to Gujarat and will address the OBC ‘Navsarjan Janadesh Mahasammelan’.