Lucknow: Setting the stage for a triangular contest in the final leg for the upcoming state assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, the ruling Samajwadi Party has decided to contest polls on 300 seats, whereas Congress will fight on 100 seats.
According to our sources, the ruling government confirmed the news of grand alliance in Lucknow and said that there would be an alliance with the Congress for the staggered election starting on February 11th.
SP national vice president Kironmoy Nanda told, “We will forge an alliance only with the Congress. We will not ally with the RLD. No talks are going on with them (RLD). We will contest from over 300 seats (out of 403) and the Congress will be there for the rest of them.”
The decisions regarding forging an alliance and seats were taken at a marathon six-hour meeting held by Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with senior party leaders today. Sources said the RLD wanted more seats than what the SP was ready to part with.
Congress reportedly offered some 20 seats to RLD chief Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Choudhary, who is in touch with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. According to insiders, Singh has said he will not accept less than 30 seats and was now contemplating going solo.