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Ignoring us in UP will be 'dangerous mistake': Congress


New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS): Giving out a stern message to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), which are likely to announce their alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress on Friday said ignoring the grand old party will be a "dangerous mistake".

Reacting to BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's joint press conference to be held in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow on Saturday, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi here said it is the responsibility of the opposition parties to synergize their efforts to uproot the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

"The objective of all such parties including the SP and the BSP is similar and clear -- to try and eliminate this kind of autocratic and absolute mis-governance, to remove such people from the electoral map.

"Every such party has the responsibility to synergise and ensure the efficiency of that outcome. Each of such parties have the obligation to do so. Those who do not do it will be blamed by the public," Singhvi told the media here.

With both BSP and SP snubbing the Congress, Singhvi warned of the consequences of ignoring the party.

"Nobody should underestimate the Congress with its reach, presence and support base in Uttar Pradesh. Congress is an established party in the state... We may have fallen in difficult times but ignoring us will be a dangerous mistake," asserted Singhvi.

The Congress leader, however, was quick to add: "We are hopeful of a happy and harmonious relation with them in the coming days."

Both SP and BSP, which supported the Congress in forming governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, reportedly are willing to give only two seats in Uttar Pradesh to the Congress -- Amethi and Raebareli, the Lok Sabha constituencies of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, respectively.


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  • Satish kumar, mangalore

    Fri, Jan 11 2019

    It is shame for congress, it clearly says that Pappu is unfit for PM post, he remains as Mr Bean only...

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  • Michael, Mangalore/US

    Fri, Jan 11 2019

    If Congress has the confidence, why cry about someone ignoring or accepting. Same is the case with all political parties. What is more important is whether people accept or ignore not parties.

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  • Rajath, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 11 2019

    People with bit of sense and understanding about politics can clearly say
    if BJP win - Modi will be PM.
    If "MahaGatbandhan" wins - Mamtha Bannerji will be the PM. Same like Congress having maximum seats in Karnataka have paved way for 38 seats Kumarswamy to be CM.

    Pappu will be pappu itself. Unfortunately India's largest party is now begging with regional parties to keep them alive. I'm a big fan of Indira Gandhi and the current Party high commission has just forgot their roots and ability. I feel the party i'm supporting is banking on regional parties influence to say they are in power than actually fielding good candidates and getting back the Indira gandhi's era. I just question myself here, who else can come up in Congress if not Rahul ? Seems there is no option left. And in the current battle, i feel Rahul will miserably lose as everyone in my work place to neighbors are saying they would prefer one more term for Modi than opting Rahul. Feeling disappointed !!!

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  • alfred, bendoor

    Fri, Jan 11 2019

    Rajath - we feel you have just got up from your deep slumber. You are not even aware that BJP lost all bye elections so far, lost five states. This exercise shows - parties come and go, but India remains one. Please go back and read some newspapers relevant to the events. We do not support any party; but one can not twist facts for sake of allegiance. We want to see India stable, growing and our young generation is provided with opportunities. Look at those Great CEO's like Satya Nadela, Sundar Pichai etc.... they were all given the opportunities according to their merits and today the World is witness to their success.... how many have we seen in the recent past climbing that ladder. Does not matter which party comes to power .... India must be served diligently, patriotically. Speak constructively, people will listen. Use of the word Pappu..... you sound so illiterate. Please turn back 24 hours and see what is happening in Dubai. We are against calling names. Even calling our PM chaiwala is a very low vocabulary. Its the Position that makes a person; not anyone's personal life. Indian Constitution has provided us that right to climb to any position in a straight forward manner without twisting facts. So be decent in your comments.

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