New Delhi, Jan 17, 2017: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday ended all speculations by saying that his party would enter into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Azad told media that the details of the alliance including seat-sharing formula between the Congress and SP will be announced within two to three days.
At the same time, CM Akhilesh Yadav, while prospecting a grand alliance in UP says that decision on tying up with the Congress will be taken in a “day or two”.
“Decision on alliance (with Congress) will be taken in a day or two,” he said, boosted by the poll body’s order recognising him as the President of Samajwadi Party and allowing him to retain the ‘bicycle’ symbol.
He was responding to a question on the possibility of tying up with Congress to crush communal politics during an informal chat with media persons at his residence here.
According to reports, Akhilesh Yadav may come to Delhi soon to hold talks with Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi.
Ramgopal Yadav, however, said the final decision regarding forging an alliance with the Congress will be taken by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.”It is Akhilesh Yadav who will decide on the alliance, but I am hopeful it will happen,” he said.
On Sunday, the Election Commission decided to give Samajwadi Pary’s ‘Cycle’ symbol to Akhilesh Yadav. This came as a massive shock to Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Meanwhile, the poll process for assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh will begin today with notification for the first phase of voting scheduled on February 11. 73 constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh will vote in this phase. The filing of nominations for these constituencies will start today and the last date for the same will be January 24. The withdrawal of candidature could be done until January 27 and polling will be on February 11.
The seven-phase Assembly polls will be held in UP on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 and March 4 and 8.