After their recent all round poor performance in elections, Congress leaders of Uttar Pradesh are feeling a chance in pegging back the important state in their favour by aligning with the Samajwadi party. The feeling is that demonetisation will decisively halt BJP and bolster its prospects in the upcoming Assembly polls, reports PTI.
“The aim and target of Congress is not just to halt BJP in Uttar Pradesh but also in the country for which it believes that all parties having similar ideology need to come together,” a senior leader said.
Amid reports of possibility of such an alliance, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said if such a tie-up fructifies, it would win over 300 seats.
“Though samajwadis are going to form majority government in the state, if an alliance takes place, it will win over 300 (of the 403) seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by party National president (Mulayam Singh Yadav),” he said when asked about possibility of his party’s alliance with Congress.
Though no senior Congress leader was forthcoming on the issue of alliance, the UP poll scenario was discussed threadbare at a recent high level meeting with Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, UPCC President Raj Babbar and AICC general secretary incharge of UP Ghulam Nabi Azad in Delhi.