The alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017 has finally been sealed. As per the agreement, the Congress would fight on 105 seats.
The talks had run into troubled waters on Saturday and both sides had almost called the alliance off. However, after the intervention of Congress president Sonia Gandhi both sides came to an agreement.
On Saturday both sides remained adamant about the seat sharing agreement. The SP was ready to offer only 99 seats to the Congress. The Congress on the other hand was demanding 120 seats. The SP was in a hurry to close the issue as the nomination process had already begun and the top brass did not want to waste any time.
Akhilesh also held back channel talks with the Congress. The SP's Naresh Agarwal on Saturday said that the alliance would not go through as his party needed to contest at least on 300 seats. Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, however, sounded more optimistic and said that a clear picture would emerge soon.\