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SP prefers to go all alone in Uttaranchal: Masood

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Dehradun, Sep 9 (UNI) The Samajwadi Party today said it would contest the coming assembly elections in Uttaranchal on its own, but could go in for an alliance with other like-minded parties if ''political exigencies'' so dictated.

''But an alliance with Congress, BJP and BSP is out of question,'' the paty's Uttaranchal-in-charge and MP Qazi Rashid Masood told journalists here.

Announcing that the party would field candidates in all 70 Assembly seats in the state, he however said that poor financial condition might force the party to reduce the number of candidates.

SP had fielded its candidates in 63 seats in last Assembly Election, he said, adding the party would definitely field the candidates in the seats where it feels it has a good chance.

''Women candidates will be given ticket according to their ability'', he said.

On the party's agenda, Mr Masood said that fight against ''atrocities'' and ''harassment'' would be the main issues.

Claiming that both Congress and BJP had been projecting SP as an ''anti-hill people'' party, he claimed that the misconception was disapearing now as the party was getting a hold also in the hill areas.

When asked about the issue of Haridwar, he said that separation of Haridwar was not a big issue but ''denial of their rights and discrimination against them was.'' ''If the people of Haridwar are not given their rights and the district is discriminated against, the SP will definitely struggle for its restoration to UP,'' he said.

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