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Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav set to kick off joint SP-Congress campaign


LUCKNOW, Jan 11 (ET) : The CongressSamajwadi Party alliance may not have been formally announced yet, but the two parties appeared on Tuesday to be racing ahead with their plans to kickstart a joint election campaign led by Gandhi siblings Rahul and Priyanka, along with Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav, later this week, according to Economics Times report.

The ET says, Confirming the development, the ongoing Samajwadi family feud has delayed the announcement of the alliance because Akhilesh insisted on clarity on whether he retains control of the party and its poll symbol -the bicycle. The Election Commission, in front of which a petition submitted by both sides is pending, is expected to hear them out on January 13. A ruling favourable to Akhilesh could lead to the launch of the alliance the same day, the sources said.

Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad urged “secular forces“ to close ranks on Tuesday, a remark seen as ending the ambiguity around a Congress-SP allian ce. Congress's chief ministerial face in UP, Sheila Dikshit, even suggested that she would step aside to accommodate the youthAkhilesh and Rahulif they take centrestage in the country's biggest state.

ET says "All preparations reinforce a keenness on both sides for the tie-up, which began ever since Akhilesh took on the SP patriarch. The UP CM had held preliminary discussions with Priyanka in December (first report by TOI), in which both sides showed their willingness to align ahead of the UP polls. After Rahul's return from his overseas trip, a final meeting to seal the partnership is expected this week."

The Congress is known to have pushed for a 105-seat partnership with the SP for the 403member House. Incidentally, Akhilesh and Mulayam have struck contrarian positions on a pre-poll alliance. While UP chief minister Akhilesh believes an alliance with the Congress will help SP , Mulayam, it appears, thinks otherwise.

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  • Peter , Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Bihar results going to repeats!!

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  • Mohammed, Mulki

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    These two guy are getting together.
    But Rahul is going to china for a week to meet communist leaders. Seat adjustement is not yet over. This should have been over by now, if they are seriuos.
    Akhilesh is still not sure to get the cycle symbol.
    When is this alliance going to start campaingning?
    BSP and BJP are already working hard.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues., Frazer Town,Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    This is good experiments wherein two young and powerful youth political icons works in combination and strive for success in the forthcoming assembly election

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  • neeth, mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Pathetic...National party depending on regional parties. JD(U), DMK, SP ...Not far in Karnataka they will agree to contest in 50 seats leaving remaining seats to JDSp

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Pappau's HAND on Appu's CYCLE! Wait how UP public will puncture it and throw it to dust bin!!

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  • Ibrahim, Yanbu/ksa

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    GOOD DEVELOPMENT. NEED A STRONG OPPOSITION TO KEEP BJP IN DARK.

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  • Praveen , Udupi

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Khel abi shuru....

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  • FLAVIAN DSOUZA, CHIK/BENGALURU

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Cycle is become motorcycle !!I think will sweep the UP polls

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  • Flavian, Mangalauru/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Arnab your notion is wrong.

    Rahul is shouting, screeming why no one is listening?

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  • P.Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Chor machaye shore.....

    Chor Chor = Wa wa kya combination hie...

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    DHONO APRTY...." NA GARKA NA GHATKA" useless 2 parties.By the way where is congress in UP? Joke of the day ???

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  • PROF.AZEEZ, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    PRAVEEN BETA APRTY NAHI. PARTY... PARTY... PARTY....BOLO PARTY.....

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  • Gangu, gangolli

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    BJP MUKTH BHARAT...

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  • Abhijit, M'lore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Haha

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    BJP dreams are shattered...Now New Youth Brigade Vs Feku Brigade.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Congress, once undisputed party now needs alliance to save the face.

    First let them revolutionize the leadership structure. Simply hoping or relying on Rahul to revive the lost charm may not bring badly needed confidence with people.

    They need a firebrand, outspoken and experienced leader and in Rahul all such qualities are not seen other than he is simply a party vice president. Are there any other able candidates to fill the gap? Can Madamji elucidate some maturity and wisdom? Winning the elections is not to prove the popularity only.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    If Sonia makes Vidhwaan Moily as CONgress president and Mukesh Ambani(Remember CONgress humari Dukhaan hai dialogue of Ambani when CONgress was in power) as treasurer...and CONgress changes the symbol from hand to 'Gas Cylinder'....CONgress will get 444 seats in next elections from 44...

    Otherwise in 2019 CONgress will close the doors...Gandhiji's wishes will be fullfilled by Rahul Gandhiji...

    ...JH...

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  • krish, Dubai

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    congress is contesting for 105 seat which is almost 25% of total assembly capacity and declaring Mrs. Sheila Dixit as CM candidate?

    London dairy ka asar tho nahee?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Bad news for Communal Parties ...

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  • krish, Dubai

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    yes
    in congress 403 people were waiting for seat
    now 298 seat reduced

    offcourse 298 communal people will feel sad

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  • Bipin, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Krish

    we are missing your comment on the news "Yeddyurappa turns heat on Eshwarappa"

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  • krish, Dubai

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    dear first time i saw ur comments, u never commented till day,
    can u please comment on shoe scam bhagya first?

    turn heat or not we will not loose anything \but scam will loss for all of us

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  • Arthur Ronald Dsouza, Belman/Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Ache din khe suruvath by this educated young leaders. Jai Hind.

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  • Rajesh M, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Can u please elaborate "Educated"?

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    what days come....here I go for BJP with new faces and not oldies, India needs change.

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  • Anand, karkala

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    HAHAHA....Had some hope before alliance and now 105 seat partnership is total loss to Akhilesh.

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  • Ahmed, mlore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    Congress having 10 percent vote in UP. This will surely help both SP and Congress. Now bjp and even bsp too are desperate.

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  • JR,

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    PERFECT MATCH FOR SINKING SHIPS.
    SP HAS ZERO MP'S AND CONGRESS HAS SINGLE DIGIT IN UP. IF BOTH GETS TOGETHER ZERO X INFINITE = ZEEROO.

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  • Ramesh S, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 11 2017

    ..in which CYCLE..still there is fight going on for symbol..no one knows what VP is doing..UP cheif Raj gabbar says they will fight all seats..CM candidate says she is happy to see AKHILESH as CM!!..demonetisation protest defused due to VP foreign new year celebration..senior party leaders totally confused..

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