Will the Rahul-Akhilesh bond stitch up an SP-Congress alliance?

While the Congress has distances itself from this meeting, it would still be game for a tie up provided Akhilesh Yadav is declared as the face of the party.

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Bengaluru, Nov 3: Will the Congress be part of the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh? The meeting between Samajwadi Party supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Congress poll strategist, Prashant Kishore has set the rumours mills abuzz about a possible tie up. While the Congress has distances itself from this meeting, it would still be game for a tie up provided Akhilesh Yadav is declared as the face of the party.

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Political observers say that the mutual admiration between Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi is likely to bring the two parties together ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections. It may be recalled that Akhilesh Yadav had last year offered a deal to the Congress. He had said that in the 2019 elections, Mulayam should be made the PM candidate while Rahul could be his deputy. He had also gone on to say that Rahul Gandhi is a good human being.

Will the Congress-SP tie up?

The question is will the Congress agree to a truck with the SP. Both parties are fighting against the BSP and the BJP. The fight would be a tough one in UP and both the Congress and the SP realise that they need to stand together. The Congress is however not giving away too much for now.

Sources say that if personal equations are to go by, then the Congress may agree for a tie up if Akhilesh is declared as the face grand alliance. The SP has been hit by a family feud and is finding hard to stitch up an alliance. The talks for a grand alliance are being led by Shivpal Yadav and for now his efforts have not paid any results.

On Wednesday, the grand alliance hit another road block with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar indicating that he would not be part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the SP to be held on November 5. Parties such as the JD(U) are still weary about a tie up with the SP. This is largely because of the unprecedented exit that Mulayam made from the alliance ahead of the Bihar polls. Most parties have indicated that they would like to be part of the alliance only if Akhilesh Yadav is declared as the face of the alliance. However due to the war within the SP, no decision on this front has been taken.

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