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SP forges alliance with Left, JDS and JDU

Abhinav Madhwal  Dehradun, March 15, 2014
First Published: 16:18 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:25 IST(15/3/2014)

Dehradun: The Samajwadi Party has forged an alliance with four other parties - CPI, CPI(M), JD(S) and JD(U) - ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

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This move has been initiated after arriving at an understanding between these parties at the national level.

The new allies of SP has relatively small support base in the state and none except the Samajwadi Party has won any seat here after the formation of the state in 2000.

At present, experts have not made any prediction on the impact of this alliance on the parties’ electoral prospects. The left parties have won the Lok Sabha and assembly seats before the formation of Uttarakhand. They have not been able to make any substantial impact after the formation of Uttarakhand.

As per the alliance agreement, Narendra Singh Negi of the CPI is the official candidate for the Pauri seat while Shiv Prasad Devli of the CPI(M) is the candidate for Tehri seat.

The left parties will not contest on the 3 other seats - Nainital, Almora and Haridwar. SP candidate Ajmal Nawaz Khan will contest from Haridwar, Bhagwati Prasad Trikoti from Almora and Avtar Singh from Nainital.

State president of Samajwadi Party Satyanarayan Sachan said the alliance was in place now between Samajwadi Party, CPI, CPI (M), Janata Dal (United) and Janata Dal (Secular), which would benefit all the parties involved.

“This would help in avoiding the splitting up of the secular and non-Congress and non-BJP votes which would be decisive,” said Sachan.

Janata Dal Secular state president Harjinder Singh said the alliance was in place, but the finer points are being worked out.

“We have asked for the Tehri, Haridwar and Nainital seats. We are hoping that the issues would be worked out very soon,” he said.

He also said the Janata Dal united has staked claim on the Haridwar seat. CPI (M) state secretary Vijay Rawat said the voting percentage of the left parties was set to improve this time and the alliance would prove decisive.

“Both the candidates of the left parties are popular at the grass roots level. Congress party is already on the defensive and we would benefit from the situation,” he said.


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