Akhilesh Yadav Takes Swipe at Congress Over Seat Demand for Deceased Nominee
Akhilesh Yadav Takes Swipe at Congress Over Seat Demand for Deceased Nominee

Lucknow: Amidst ongoing seat-sharing negotiations within the INDIA Alliance, an unexpected revelation has surfaced, shedding light on the unpreparedness of Congress leaders. Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav has criticized Congress leaders for their lack of awareness, recalling the passing of a candidate a decade ago, for whom they were demanding a seat.

The late candidate in question is Mahaveer Prasad, who passed away ten years ago. Despite this reality, Congress persisted in seeking a seat for him. Talks between Congress and the Samajwadi Party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh are underway, with Congress aiming for fifteen to twenty seats, and the Samajwadi Party indicating readiness for five to six seats.

However, Akhilesh Yadav unilaterally announced eleven seats for Congress in Uttar Pradesh, catching Congress off guard. Congress stated that seat-sharing discussions with the Samajwadi Party are still ongoing. Among the seats allocated to Congress are Amethi and Rae Bareli, former strongholds, along with Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, and Bareilly.

The initial meeting between SP and Congress leaders came to a sudden halt when Akhilesh Yadav pointed out that Mahaveer Prasad, proposed by Congress for the Bansgaon constituency seat, had passed away a decade earlier.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress contested 67 out of 80 seats but won only one, securing a meager 6.36% vote share across the state. Meanwhile, the SP and the BSP, in alliance, reduced the BJP’s tally from 71 to 62.

Sources within the SP revealed that the party has requested one Lok Sabha seat from Congress in Madhya Pradesh to contest in alliance. The announcement by Akhilesh Yadav coincided with the recent declaration by the SP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), both members of the INDI Alliance, regarding the latter’s intention to contest in seven seats as part of the seat-sharing arrangements.

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