Pressure mounts on Congress to cut ties with SP before UP civic polls
At a meeting on Saturday, a consensus emerged that the party should contest the urban local body poll on its own.lucknow Updated: Apr 30, 2017 09:45 IST
Pressure appears to be building on the Congress to end the alliance with Samajwadi Party (SP) ahead of the Uttar Pradesh urban local body elections scheduled in June and July.
Party general secretary and in-charge of UP, Ghulam Nabi Azad and state Congress president Raj Babbar are likely to brief the party high command and seek fresh guidelines on the issue.
Azad and Babbar on Saturday held a closed door meeting in Delhi with party candidates who lost the assembly election and sought their opinion on whether the party should contest the civic polls on its own or in alliance with the SP.
“A consensus emerged that the party should contest the urban local body poll on its own,” said state Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi in a press statement.
Sources said the party leaders would submit a report about deliberations at the meeting to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and a decision in this regard would be taken soon.
“The Congress leadership will soon release extensive guidelines for election to urban local bodies. The party will go to poll with these guidelines,” said Tripathi.
The Congress had earlier convened a meeting of district and city unit presidents (west UP) in New Delhi and in Lucknow (rest of UP) on April 15 and 16. The party’s district and city unit leaders too had opposed continuing the alliance with the SP.
Among other issues, there was a demand for action against those who contested the 2017 assembly election despite directives to withdraw from seats left for the Samajwadi Party, said a senior party leader who did not wish to be named.