The Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have firmed up a poll pact for the assembly elections in UP.
RLD chief Ajit Singh and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi met on Friday to give the final touches to the electoral arrangement. RLD chief's son and party MP Jayant Chaudhary was also present in the meeting.
Broad contours of the arrangement are likely to be announced after Singh meets Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday.
The RLD will contest around 60 seats while the Congress will contest the remainder of the 343 seats in the 403-member assembly.
As part of the bargain, the RLD chief will also get accommodated in the Union cabinet.
Joint campaign programmes between the two parties will also be conducted, particularly in the RLD-stronghold of western UP.
“The arrangement with the RLD will boost our prospects in areas other than western UP. The pact will help us to emerge as a key player in government formation,” said Congress Jat leader Deepender Singh Hooda.
Following hectic parleys, both parties agreed to firm up the alliance after the RLD chief gave up his insistence on cabinet bearth for himself, while also conceding the claims of the Congress to a few seats in western UP.