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Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad And Raj Babbar Addresses Party Meeting At Lucknow

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| January 13 , 2019 , 15:29 IST

Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and UP Congress chief Raj Babbar held a brainstorming meeting with senior leaders in Lucknow.

The closed-door meeting has been called a day after the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party announced their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier on Saturday Azad had refused to react over alliance and said the party would not react immediately and would come out with a detailed reaction in Lucknow.

The Congress, which has been left out of the alliance in the state, might go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections but may choose not to field candidates on a few seats, a senior party leader said.

Speaking to the media, Azad said the Congress party will contest all 80 seats of Uttar Pradesh in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“If any secular party competent to fight the BJP, willing to go with us, we will accommodate them,” the party will accommodate any secular partied competent to fight the BJP, he added.

Talking about the party strategy, Azad said, "We are fully prepared, just like Congress emerged number 1 party in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, we'll fight on our own and will win twice those number of seats in upcoming elections."

The Congress general secretary further said, "We didn't break this alliance, the public should know that."

"We had earlier also said that we're ready to walk with every party that wants to defeat BJP. But we can't force anyone. They've (SP-BSP) closed this chapter, so we'll continue this fight for defeating BJP on our own," he said. 

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The Congress party on Friday had said it was ready to go alone in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections.  

Congress media coordinator Rajiv Bakshi had said, "We are a political party and are ready to fight the coming elections alone in Uttar Pradesh,"

"We alone have 45 seats in the Lok Sabha and it is any day many more than the regional players. A 'mahagathbandhan' in the Lok Sabha elections needs to be built around the party having a national face," Bakshi added.

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