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Uttar Pradesh polls: SP-Congress alliance sealed, Akhilesh Yadav concedes 105 seats

Samajwadi Party - Congress alliance: The Congress party will be allotted 105 seats in the upcoming election

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 22, 2017 1:36:33 pm
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After days of negotiation, an alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress has finally been sealed, news agency ANI reported. The Congress party will be allotted 105 seats in the upcoming elections. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP president Akhilesh Yadav also released his party’s maninfesto but is yet to make an announcement on the alliance.

At the manifesto release, Akhilesh hit out at the BJP government over its promise to bring in achche din, saying three years have passed but the BJP government was yet to deliver on its promises. From pressure cookers, to smart phones to old age homes, Akhilesh announced a manifesto filled with freebies, hoping to secure a second term. Interestingly, despite saying all is well in the SP, party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was not present at the event.

On the seat-sharing agreement, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said discussions between the two parties took place at the highest level. “It was wrong to to suggest lightweights were dealing on behalf of Congress. Discussion was at highest level between CM(UP), General Secretary, Congress in-charge and Priyanka Gandhi.”

Indicating the seriousness at which the Congress Party wanted an alliance, Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly stepped in on Saturday, sending her closest aides to ensure the alliance does not fall apart.

On Saturday, Congress strategist Prashant Kishor flew into Lucknow to meet Chief Minister and SP national president Akhilesh Yadav, who will release his party’s manifesto on Sunday morning.

Congress sources said it was conveyed to the Chief Minister that the party wanted 110 seats. Akhilesh, however, was reluctant to part with more than 100 seats as the party, sources said, wanted to contest 300 seats on its own. The Congress Party has now settled for 105 seats.

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