LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI:- Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has offered 99 seats to Congress rahul for upcoming assembly elections in the state.
Akhilesh Yadav’s offer came after a talk between SP and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azaad and a special emissary of Priyanka Gandhi+ Vadra in Lucknow.
However, there is no official word from Congress yet on whether it has accepted the SP offer of 99 seats or rejected it. While senior Congress leader Raj Babbar dismissed the reports of a stalemate, SP’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief Naresh Agrawal said the chances of an alliance appear bleak.
“The alliance has nearly fallen apart. The UP chief minister (Akhilesh Yadav) had offered 100 seats to the Congress, but they’re unwilling to accept less than 120 seats,” Agrawal told ANI.
On the other hand, UP PCC chief Raj Babbar assured “there is no breakdown in talks.”Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad added that the fate of the Congress-SP allaince will be known by Sunday morning.
Congress’s bid to salvage the situation came after SP released two lists of 210 candidates, including nine seats held by Congress and the seats falling in the Gandhi borough of Amethi and Rae Bareli, a clear no-go area if an alliance is to come about.
SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is against any tie-up with the Congress but a group in the ruling dispensation is advocating it to ensure that the Muslim vote is not divided.
State Congress leaders are miffed over the attitude of SP counterparts and do not want to play second fiddle to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Earlier today, it was announced that Akhilesh will release his party’s manifesto on Sunday. Previously, this was supposed to happen at a joint event of the Congress and SP.