On Monday, Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party took jibes at Congress over reports that its Chief Rahul Gandhi could fight Lok Sabha Elections from another seat in addition to his traditional Amethi Constituency. SP has also announced support form Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool in West Bengal.
National Vice President of Samajwadi Party, Kiranmoy Nanda said in Kolkata that “ we are getting reports that the Congress President is likely to contest the poll from another state like Karnataka or Kerala besides being in fray from his seat Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. This is the real picture of Congress’s organizational strength in Uttar Pradesh.”
Mr. Nanda continued that the SP has also decided to go for a tie-up with BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) while leaving 2-seats only- Raebareli and Amethi- for Congress in the light of its experience in 2017 Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress and SP had then tied-up, but their alliance came a cropper at the hustings, with BJP romping to victory.
He said in a media meet that “we have left two seats for the Congress. For the Rashtriya Lok Dal, we have left three seats. But the Congress has decided to contest 73 seats in the state. We would like them to put up a good fight.”
Uttar Pradesh has 80-seats, which is the largest among all states in the country.
Mr. Nanda further released confidence that BSP-SP-RLD alliance will sweep Uttar Pradesh and stop the march of BJP. “Our alliance will bag over 60 seats as it reflects the aspirations of the masses,” he added.
Turning to Bengal, where Mr. Nada was a long-time minister in Left Front Government, he said that his party, with its limited influence in UP, would also back CM Banerjee, “who is the only force in the state that can defeat the BJP.”
He continued that SP would also organize rallies in support of TMC in the state.