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Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year, a Bihar-style secular alliance may be on the cards as Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has reportedly conveyed to the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) that he is willing to consider a joint alliance if current UP CM Akhilesh Yadav is given full command of SP.
According to report by India Today, Congress' poll strategist Prashant Kishor conveyed Rahul's message to SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, when Kishor along with SP General Secretary met Mulayam at his Delhi residence on Tuesday evening.
Details of the meeting have not been revealed but speculations are high that Congress and Samajwadi Party are considering forming an alliance.
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Congress is said to be working on forming a Grand Alliance with Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and JD (U) to take on the BJP and Mayawati’s BSP in the upcoming UP Assembly election
The report also stated that Shivpal Yadav had invited RLD chief Ajit Singh and JD (U) leader KC Tyagi to SP's anniversary function on November 5 and had said that Lohiaites and followers of Charan Singh should join hands to beat BJP in UP.
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Initially a part of Bihar's grand alliance, Samajwadi Party walked out after it was offered only a handful of seats for the assembly elections there.
The remaining grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress however, won a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.
Shivpal recently blamed Samajwadi Party's decision to walk out of the alliance in Bihar on his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav. A Rajya Sabha member, Ram Gopal had been backing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his fight against Shivpal untill Ram Gopal was recently sacked from SP amid escalating tensions within the party.