Azad: Cong-SP alliance to continue for LS polls 2019

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. (PTI)

File photo of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. (PTI)

The alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress will continue for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, announced senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday.

“The SP-Congress alliance will continue in 2019 Lok Sabha elections as our parties realise that if we want to strengthen the secular base of Uttar Pradesh, then we need to be together,” Azad told PTI.

When asked whether BSP will be part of the grand alliance, Azad said that they are asking all the secular parties to come together and fight the saffron party.

“The secular parties suffered a loss during the 2014 elections and BJP gained from this and that is why they were able to win 73 seats in UP. However, if Congress, SP and RLD fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections together, BJP will only be able to get 10-15 seats in the state,” Azad said.

Kanpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wave to the crowd at a  public rally in Kanpur, Feb 5, 2017. Photo - PTI

Kanpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wave to the crowd at a public rally in Kanpur, Feb 5, 2017.
Photo – PTI

While talking about Uttar Pradesh polls, Azad said that he was confident that the alliance will get 275 plus seats, and will form the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Azad also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for lowering the dignity of the office.

“Perhaps that’s why the quality of his speeches are getting lower and lower. I told him this in the Parliament as well that he should maintain the dignity of the office he is holding,” Azad said.

The ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls are being held in seven phases. First two phases are over, which saw a fairly high voter turnout. Polling for the third phase takes place on February 19, in which 69 constituencies spread across 12 districts will poll.

(With inputs from PTI)