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Congress will fight polls in UP on its own strength: Jyotiraditya Scindia

NEW DELHI: The Congress will struggle the overall election in Uttar Pradesh by itself power, party's west UP incharge Jyotiraditya Scindia stated on Saturday, asserting the trail of his party is also different from that of the SP and the BSP but their purpose is identical.

Scindia also stated that as far as talks for alliances are concerned, "like-minded parties should also think in a like-minded way".

The AICC common secretary incharge UP west's remarks suppose importance as they come amid studies that there is also a reconsider at the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh to incorporate the Congress.

On Akhilesh Yadav's remarks that the Congress was very much in the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance and two seats were being left for it, Scindia stated, "If this is his thinking, then we may also leave 2-3 seats for them."

"The current situation is that the SP and the BSP have taken a decision that they want to walk on a different path with the same objective that the Congress has. Our paths can be different, but the objective is the same," he stated.

Scindia asserted that the Congress needs to have a UPA government on the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, it was determined to return back to energy by means of 2022.

"We have said time and again that our objective is the same that UPA government must be formed at the Centre. In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength," Scindia told newshounds here.

"We believe that be it BSP or SP, they have taken a decision and we respect that decision. They have the right to choose their path. They have chosen their path and the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength," he stated.

Asked about whether or not talks will have to be held to deliver like-minded parties together, he stated discussion will have to happen however it will have to be from each side.

"We are going to establish the Congress strongly on the ground in UP. And we are moving in that direction," he stated.

On leaders in UP like Savitri Bai Phule joining the Congress, Scindia stated the party's doorways are open for those who have power at the flooring, need to serve the folks and are committed to form a brand new Uttar Pradesh.

Interestingly, both the Congress and the SP have introduced their first listing of applicants for some seats in UP.

The Congress on Thursday introduced 11 applicants for the electorally crucial state of the UP, fielding UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli and party president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

Former Union ministers Salman Khurshid, Jitin Prasad and R P N Singh were fielded from their conventional seats of Farrukhabad, Dhaurahra and Kushi Nagar respectively.

The Samajwadi Party on Friday released its first listing of 9 applicants for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, fielding party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from its stronghold Mainpuri.

Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats out of which the Congress had gained just two (Amethi and Raebareli) in 2014.

BSP chief Mayawati and SP's Akhilesh Yadav had collectively introduced their alliance in January. On Tuesday, Yadav, at a press convention in Lucknow with RLD's Jayant Chaudhary, had stated the Rashtriya Lok Dal will contest 3 Lok Sabha seats as a part of an alliance with the SP and the BSP.

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