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Alliance with Congress ‘off to a good start’ on 11 Lok Sabha seats in UP, says Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief and former Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said his party’s alliance with the Congress is “off to a good start” with 11 “strong” Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha and General Elections are due in April-May this year.

“Our cordial alliance with the Congress is off to a good start with 11 strong seats. This trend will move forward with the winning equation. ‘INDIA’ team and ‘PDA’ strategy will change history,” Yadav said in a post in Hindi on X.

Yadav added, “’INDIA’ team and ‘PDA’ strategy will change history.”

Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘PDA’ strategy refers to targeting the “Pichada (backward), Dalit (oppressed), and Alpsankhyak (minority)” communities.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “Constructive seat-sharing talks are on between Congress’s Ashok Gehlot and SP’s Akhilesh Yadav. We will inform when formula is decided.”

According to reports, the Congress leadership in the state has not accepted the deal.

The development came amid strong indications that Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar may return to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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