Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said his party would fight the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections in alliance with the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav. He said the details about the alliance would be announced in the coming days.
Azad’s statement comes on the same day the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said they will soon make public the final decision on the alliance. Moreover, Congress leader Sheila Dikshit withdrew her chief ministerial candidacy, saying that with an alliance in place, there cannot be two candidates for the position. “I would like to step aside,” she told Times Now.
Mulayam Singh Yadav had earlier said that the Samajwadi Party would contest the UP polls on its own. But he lost his claim on the party name and symbol to son Akhilesh Yadav on Monday when the Election Commission ruled in the chief minister’s favour, citing majority support.