UP alliance: Cong leaders to meet in Lucknow to chalk out strategy
Lucknow: Close on the heels of the SP-BSP announcing an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leaders including AICC in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet here Sunday to chalk out the party's strategy.
File Photo of senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad
"Ghulam Nabi Azad, UPCC president Raj Babbar and other senior leaders will arrive in the state capital Sunday to hold meetings for finalising the strategy," Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Anshu Awasthi told media.
All leaders from Uttar Pradesh in the national committee and the All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries will be here on Sunday, he said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav earlier in the day in Lucknow, announced their alliance, sharing 38 seats each out of the state's 80 parliamentary constituencies.
The Congress had on Friday said that it was ready to go alone in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections.
"We are a political party and are ready to fight the coming elections alone in Uttar Pradesh," Congress media coordinator Rajiv Bakshi had said.
"We alone have 45 seats in the Lok Sabha and it is any day many more than the regional players. A 'mahagathbandhan' in the Lok Sabha elections needs to be built around the party having a national face," Bakshi had said.
"We are ready to take along like minded parties and they can come together with us," he had added.