Alliance in UP sans Congress is a misguided strategy

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It is reported that Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have reached an understanding to form an alliance against BJP for the coming Lok Sabha election while Rashtriya Lok Dal will also be taken along  with a share of a few seats. An SP leader revealed the information on December 23 on condition of anonymity. He said the talks between two leaders were almost complete and it was decided to keep the Congress away from the alliance. Seat-sharing formula was also discussed and number of seats of each party was decided but the last minute changes cannot be ruled out. When the Samajwadi Party fought assembly elections with the Congress, it is not known why Akhilesh Yadav left the Congress in the cold. In the assembly elections, BJP romped home and the alliance was defeated only because there was a triangular fight and the BSP took a junk of considerable votes. With Congress fighting separately, it will again be a three-cornered fight giving advantage to BJP.

While a nationwide alliance is under active consideration and the AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is playing an active role as he already met many regional leaders including Mayawati, a regional alliance will not be allowed as it will be counter-productive. Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid who also served as the UP chief expressed his concern over the information of SP-BSP alliance in UP. He said such alliances will only weaken the national alliance. Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are strongly supporting a secular alliance to defeat BJP and they should realize that such regional alliance will only give boost to the NDA. As everyone knows that UP with 80 Lok Sabha seats is a key factor to decide the fate of the BJP and that of the alliance. Any active alliance in UP cannot be complete without Congress.

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