Congress hints at SP alliance as Akhilesh-Mulayam feud continues

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MANAGEMENT NEWS INDIA |  COMPANIES NEWS | ECONOMY POLICY NEWS

The Congress made some pro-alliance noises in Uttar Pradesh, even as a patch-up attempt between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh proved futile.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, in charge of Congress affairs in Lucknow, hinted to party seniors there at a possible alliance with the SP. He said the Congress was preparing to fight in all 403 legislative assembly seats for the coming election but there was also a need for secular forces to come together to defeat the “communal” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Congress chief ministerial nominee Sheila Dikshit told his newspaper: “I am prepared to withdraw my (CM) candidature if an alliance happens with the SP.” At the Congress briefing of journalists here, spokesperson Ajoy Kumar also said the party might go with like-minded players in UP to stop the BJP.

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