Congress to Enter Into Alliance with Samajwadi Party: Ghulam Nabi AzadJanuary 17, 2017 16:06
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that "my party would enter into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav."
Azad further said "the details about the same will be decided in the coming days."
Azad's statement came as his party colleague Sheila Dikshit stated that "i would withdraw as the chief ministerial candidate if her party enters into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the high-stakes polls."
Dikshit said "there cannot be two chief ministerial faces in the case of an alliance in the politically crucial state."
"Talks are on and the SP-Congress alliance will benefit Uttar Pradesh. I will do what the party high command decides," she added.
Earlier on Monday, Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav said "i was hopeful that my party will forge an alliance with the Congress for the polls."
Ramgopal, however, said "the final decision regarding forging an alliance with the Congress will be taken by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister."
"It is Akhilesh Yadav who will decide on the alliance, but I am hopeful it will happen," he said.
In a major setback to Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Election Commission yesterday approved Akhilesh as the Samajwadi Party and allotted it the 'cycle' symbol.
Meanwhile, the poll process for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will start today with the first phase of voting scheduled on February 11.
People from 73 constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh will vote in this phase.
The filing of nominations for these constituencies will start from Jan 17 and the last date will be Jan 24.
The withdrawal of candidature will be only until January 27 and polling will be on February 11.
The districts in the first phase are Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras, Agra, Firozabad, Etah and Kasganj.
Uttar Pradesh will have seven-phase polling starting between February 11 and March 8. The term of the present government will end on May 27.
BY M. DIVYA SRI