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RLD not to be the part of SP-Congress alliance in UP

On the other hand, the discussions over the seat sharing between SP and Congress have not yet reached the final stage with the latter demanding at least one seat in every district. One faction of SP also understands that the demand of the Congress for the seat in every district means the party would revive its fortunes and stands gainer more than the SP

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay BhatnagarBy Sanjay Bhatnagar

Published on 19 Jan 2017 6:13 AM GMT

RLD not to be the part of SP-Congress alliance in UP
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RLD not to be the part of SP-Congress alliance in UP
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Lucknow: The possibility of grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh are dashed off after Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal backed out leaving ruling Samajwadi Party to have electoral tie up with the Congress in coming assembly polls in the state.

'' Yes, the pact with SP is now not possible and the RLD will contest UP assembly elections under electoral understanding with smaller political outfits,'' Dr Masood Ahmad, the UP state RLD chief, told www.newstrack.com here on Thursday. Earlier on Wednesday, the senior SP leader Kironmoy Nanda had already confirmed it.

The RLD leader had reasoned that it was too late in the day to have electoral pact but as a matter of fact, the ruling party in UP had been wary of joining hands with Jat-dominated RLD because Jats and Msulims did not combine well after infamous Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 which had left the Akhilesh Yadav government in a bad light.

On the other hand, the discussions over the seat sharing between SP and Congress have not yet reached the final stage with the latter demanding at least one seat in every district. One faction of SP also understands that the demand of the Congress for the seat in every district means the party would revive its fortunes and stands gainer more than the SP.

The nominations for the second phase are to commence on Friday, the alliance logistics will have to be formalised immediately despite the division of seats remains a vexed issue in any alliance talks.

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Writer is a bi-lingual journalist with experience of about three decades in print media before switching over to digital media. He is a political commentator and covered many political events in India and abroad.

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