Uttar Pradesh Elections – Samajwadi-Congress Alliance

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events and/ or publicly available information. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Mansi Singh, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Samajwadi Party and Congress has come together to contest UP assembly polls in order to thwart BJP’s attempt to storm back to power after 15 years. It is expected that this alliance will lead to bumper electoral harvest.

Akhilesh Yadav will become the chief minister to make country’s secular fabric stronger. The idea is to uproot communal BJP and make UP a leading state by removing both BJP and Mayawati’s BSP.

Both the party shares common ideologies that is to thwart BJP’s divisive politics and at the same time boost secularism and promote communal and social harmony. Moreover they believe in social justice and development, peace and good atmosphere.
In this alliance, SP will have the lion’s share of 298 of 403 seats, Congress will contest the remaining 105 seats.

It is asserted that the alliance would set an example in development. The reason the congress party has been pushing for more seats is the increase in seat share as the congress party’s vote share has seen a steady decline over the last two decades.

Even top non-BJP leaders like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended full support to the alliance , RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav compared it to stitching a Bihar-like alliance in U.P.

References

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/Congress-gets-105-seats-in-deal-with-Akhilesh/article17078027.ece

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sp-and-cong-set-to-reach-deal-on-fighting-up-elections-together/story-jqgh7e8wHXV8tBXSQXZbCN.html

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