Congress on Sunday said it will not contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and is leaving them for the alliance between Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The seats Congress has left include Mainpuri (Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from the seat), Kannauj (Dimple Yadav to contest from the constituency) and the remaining seats from where Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary will fight and any other seat from where Mayawati decides to contest from.
The announcement was made by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar. He said: “We are leaving 7 seats vacant for SP, BSP and RLD. These include Mainpuri, Kannauj, Firozabad and whatever seats Mayawati ji and RLD’s Jayant ji and Ajit Singh contest from. We will also give two seats to Apna Dal – Gonda and Pilibhit.”
“We had talked to Mahan Dal earlier. They had said they were fine with whatever seats we give them, all they wanted was to contest Vidhan Sabha election. For Lok Sabha elections they had said they’ll contest on our symbol. We’ll find out a way to work with them,” he added.
Babber went on to added that they have reached an agreement on 7 seats with Jan Adhikary Party (JAP), out of which JAP will be be fighting from 5 seats while Congress’s share will be two seats.
Both Congress and the SP-BSP alliance had made it clear that they would not team up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier this year, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav announced that they will fight from 38 and 37 seats respectively while leaving two for the Congress. The seats that were left out by the SP-BSP alliance included the Gandhi family’s stronghold of Amethi and Raebareli.