After encouraging results in the recent assembly elections in five states, an upbeat Congress is looking for an "honourable" seat adjustment with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and hopes to contest at least 25 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
"We are willing to make the seat adjustments to prevent division of secular votes in the coming Lok Sabha elections but it has to be an honourable one," UPCC President Rita Bahuguna Joshi told PTI in Lucknow on Wednesday.
"We have shortlisted 32 seats of which on 25 the Congress has a clear upper hand following the delimitation as well as the recent political scene," Joshi claimed, adding that "we want to contest these seats."
The state sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.
"Congress mood in UP, where it was being written off as a non-existent party till recently, is very upbeat today," she said, adding that party has good chances of taking advantage of the situation.
"The aim of both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party is to ensure the defeat of communal forces. Therefore both the parties would together work in this direction by fielding the winnable candidates," she said.
Congress leadership and UPA government has the trust and support of the voters, Joshi said and claimed that regional parties were marginalised in the recent assembly elections.
Despite attempts by opposition to take mileage out of issues like terror attacks and inflation, people still voted for Congress, Joshi said.
She maintained that in the upcoming poll battle, people would vote for either the BJP or the Congress.
"It would be all the more evident in the Lok Sabha elections when the voters would exercise their franchise on national issues and regional and local issues would take a back seat," the UPCC President said.