Congress wants 125 seats in alliance with SP
According to sources, senior Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) leaders, over the last week, have been calling SP UP chief Shivpal Yadav to negotiate a seat-sharing agreement. The Congress, party sources said, has decided that they would not settle for anything less than 100-125 seats in the elections. The party has also made it clear that in the event of a split, they would back the Akhilesh faction.
“We have put most of our plans on hold for now and the priority in the UPCC is to chalk out an alliance with the SP. Some senior people in the UPCC have been in constant touch with Shivpal Yadav. Just two days ago, we told him that we were interested in an alliance but would want at least 100-125 seats. I think that the SP may agree to give up those many seats. We will also ask for seats which are Congress strongholds so that we can consolidate our strength there,” a senior UPCC leader told TOI.
The alliance with the SP, however, would complicate matters within the Congress since the party has already announced former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit as its chief ministerial candidate. The source admitted that this would be a “complication” but a “compromise” would have to be made since the Congress would join the alliance as a junior partner.
Source : Times Of India
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