UP polls: SP-Cong-RLD alliance on cards, announcement next week

UP polls: SP-Cong-RLD alliance on cards, announcement next week






UP polls: SP-Cong-RLD alliance on cards, announcement next week


Lucknow: With poll dates for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections to be announced any day, possibility of a pre-poll alliance between the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has gained momentum and the announcement is expected any day next week.
The alliance, if and when it is forged, is clearly a desperate move on the part of the ruling SP as well as the Congress to prevent the BJP from coming to power.
Such an alliance will also help Samajwadi Party prevent its minority vote from being divided and provide a lifeline to the Congress, which is clearly fighting for survival in the state.
According to sources in both the SP and the Congress, talks are in an advanced stage and an announcement to this effect is expected in two-three days.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is talking about the alliance in public for the past several days, has called the first timer MLAs of the SP at his official residence this evening to discuss the political situation.

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