Efforts to form an alliance in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh went into top gear after the Congress announced that it has decided to tie up with Samajwadi Party and the shape of the formation would be announced in the next two days.
“I am confident that the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh,” AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said this today.
Azad, who is in charge of party affairs in UP, said this was just a beginning of the alliance process and the nitty gritty would be decided in the next one or two days.
Congress announcement came close on the heels of reports from Lucknow where SP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said a decision on tying up with the Congress will be taken in a “day or two”.
After the announcement, SP and Congress supporters congratulated each other and pledged to work together for performing well in the elections. The voters have also given a positive response after hearing the news of an alliance.
Speaking to Inuth, Rafiq Ahmad, a businessman said, “SP-Congress alliance is a very good step. It will increase their seats in UP. Opposition parties will not be able to beat them.”
“This alliance is good, but I think that Akhilesh could have won the elections alone only. But since the alliance has happened it is good for both the parties and they will form the government in the state,” said Ram Tiwari, who runs a garment shop.
“Alliance is good, Samajwadi Party will form the government in the state along with the Congress and we want this,” said Ritesh Yadav,” a gift shop owner.
With Akhilesh as the CM candidate, former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, who had been projected by Congress as the UP CM candidate, said that she would step aside in favour of Akhilesh.
Uttar Pradesh has 403 assembly constituencies where Akhilesh’s party would be contesting the majority of seats.