Uttar Pradesh bypolls : Congress says will not tie up with any party

  • Uttar Pradesh bypolls : Congress says will not tie up with any party

Uttar Pradesh bypolls : Congress says will not tie up with any party

BSP chief Mayawati had indicated on Sunday that her party would support the SP - once a bitter rival - in the bypolls and the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha and the legislative council.

The by-elections are expected to witness a triangular contest among the ruling BJP, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress.

Addressing a public rally in his hometown Gorakhpur, Adityanath sought to describe the BJP as a hurricane which will blow away parties like the SP, BSP. Political parties are eyeing the two parliamentary constituencies as the preparation for the 2019 general elections. "Decision in this regard will be taken by Akhilesh Yadav ji and Mayawati ji". He has in the past expressed his willingness to have an alliance with the BSP.

She added that while forging an alliance, she would see whether her party got a respectable number of seats.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present on stage when Mr Gupta made the remarks.

Now, as party policy, the BSP doesn't contest bypolls. This appears to be an astute move as the Nishad/Mallah or boatmen community have been a significant support base for Adityanath, both politically as well as at the Gorakhnath Mutt. Following assembly election results, during that time also, a lot meetings were held to counter the rise of BJP in the state and speculations had surfaced of both the parties coming together in the future to counter BJP.

Ahead of the elections, Samajwadi Party already announced a coalition with Nishad Party and Peace Party.

"In the latter, BJP's Brahmin candidate Upendra Shukla has led to a Brahmin-Thakur consolidation, the two dominant castes in Gorakhpur".

If sources are to be believed, a former MP and two MLCs are even preparing to quit the party and join the Congress in protest.

Can the alliance defeat the BJP?

"At both places where by-elections are being held, SP will give a strong fight to defeat the BJP", Yadav said.

Phulpur has five Assembly segments: Phaphamau, Soraon, Phulpur, Allahabad West and Allahabad North. BJP won all these seats in the Assembly elections, except the Soraon reserved seat which was won by its ally Apna Dal. But it was in 2014 that Congress lost the seat to Maurya.