UP elections: Alliance with Samajwadi Party sealed, says Congress
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UP elections: Alliance with Samajwadi Party sealed, says Congress

The Samajwadi Party and the Congress have sealed an alliance for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, news agency ANI has reported.

assembly elections Updated: Jan 22, 2017 18:21 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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This file photograph taken on February 23, 2014,shows India's Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav holding a flag bearing his Samajwadi Party symbol as he flags off a bicycle rally in New Delhi. (AFP Photo)

The Congress and Samajwadi Party have reached an electoral understanding to contest 2017 assembly elections together in Uttar Pradesh.

Although an official announcement is yet to be made, sources said the Congress would contest 105 seats while the SP would fight in 298 seats in the state.

“Yes, the Congress has reached an understanding with the SP. the Congress will contest 105 while the SP will contest 298. It’s a deal with the Congress without the RLD,” said a functionary.

“A formal announcement will be made soon,” said functionary.

The Congress and the SP reached the deal after several rounds of discussion in the past few weeks. While the Congress wanted to take smaller allies like the RLD on board, the SP wanted alliance only with the Congress.

Talks between the Congress and the SP appeared to collapse on Saturday over seat-sharing, forcing Congress President Sonia Gandhi to intervene and speak to Akhilesh on the phone. While the SP had offered 99 seats the Congress continued to bargain for more.

First Published: Jan 22, 2017 11:49 IST