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Ghulam Nabi Azad says Cong-SP alliance will continue for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Kanpur, Feb 16: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said that the SP-Congress alliance will continue for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that other secular parties will also be a part of this coalition.

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

File photo of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

"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," he told PTI.

"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.

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Azad said that even though he became the Prime Minister of the country, he still lacks the maturity, seriousness and gravity required for the job.

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

Talking about the prospects of the SP-Congress alliance, he said the alliance is at 'number one' in all the places where voting has taken place and added that he will campaign in the constituencies of the alliance candidates where the voting will take place in the third phase.

He further said that he is confident that the alliance will get at least 275 seats in the polls and will form the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Azad said BSP is left alone in this election and that is why Mayawati has 'two sets of teeth - one to show off and the other to chew with'.

"I was in western UP a while ago and I came across a video clip in which Mayawati was saying that when she saw the Muslim votes drifting towards other parties, she transferred her votes to the BJP. This means that whenever a Muslim candidate is close to winning, she transfers her vote to the BJP," he alleged.


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