Congress, Samajwadi, Mayawati and Ajit Singh Reach Mega UP Deal To Take on BJP: Sources

A broad agreement has been worked out between the Congress, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, Dalit powerhouse Mayawati and RLD leader Ajit Singh to take on the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the state that sends the maximum number of parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha, reports NDTV.

Sources said the parties have decided to work out the details of sharing the state’s 80 seats later.

The understanding between the parties in the nation’s largest state is crucial to the building of an opposition front to take on the BJP in next year’s general elections.

The idea of a common front in Uttar Pradesh paid dividends in by-elections held in the state earlier this year – delivering to the opposition the high-profile seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur, and later Kairana and Noorpur.

Last week, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar – one of the key interlocutors for an opposition front – met Ms Mayawati.

The meeting, sources said, explored seat adjustment, especially for the three key states going to polls at the end of the year – Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Seat-sharing between Mayawati and the Congress has hit a roadblock in Madhya Pradesh over the BSP chief’s demand for 50 of the state’s 230 seats. Sources in the Congress say the party has offered her 22 and has refused to go beyond 30.

“It has to be a formidable alliance to take on the BJP and not one that would ensure a revolt in both parties and help the BJP,” a leader said.

In Uttar Pradesh, Congress sources say the alliance is work in progress, reports NDTV.

The BSP and the Samajwadi Party have a broad understanding, under which Ajit Singh’s party will be given seats from the SP quota.

Sources say the parties are ready to give the Congress eight of 80 parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh.

“Unless there are tough negotiations, we will not agree to more than 10. The BSP will be given the maximum seats and the SP will be contesting approximately on 32. Three seats will go to the RLD,” a leader said.

The Congress has already finalised its alliances for Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

For Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, it has worked out a seat-sharing formula with local heavyweights JMM and M Karunanidhi’s DMK.

The alliance in Tamil Nadu also includes the Left, which has agreed to work with the Congress in and outside parliament.

In Bihar, Congress’ ‘Grand Alliance’ with Lalu Yadav stands, strengthened by the defection of Nitish Kumar to the BJP.

In Maharashtra, the Congress has already worked out a seat-sharing formula with Sharad Pawar. Several smaller parties are also expected to be part of the alliance.

Source: NDTV

Mayawati Slams Yogi Government Over Attack on Dr Kafeel Khan’s Brother Kashif Jameel

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati slammed the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday saying that the attack on Dr Kafeel Khan’s brother in Gorakhpur and that on lawyer Ravi Tiwari in Allahabad are enough to prove that the state is witnessing “Jungle Raj”.

“The people of the state are suffering due to Jungle Raj in the state. Warnings to criminals by the CM and his ministers are also not effective. It is the result of big talks and zero delivery by the BJP,” the BSP Supremo said in a statement.

“Strict action should be taken against culprits responsible for the attack on Kashif, brother of Dr Kafeel Khan and attack on Ravi Tiwari, a lawyer from Allahabad. Time has come that the BJP should focus more on the security of citizens, and their development. If nothing concrete is done now, it might be too late. BJP’s own people, who are involved in criminal activities, must be nabbed first,” she added.

Meanwhile, Khan’s mother Nuzhat Parveen has demanded police protection for her family after her younger son Kashif Jameel was shot at by unknown miscreants on Sunday night in Gorakhpur.

Jameel (34) suffered three bullet injuries on his upper arm, neck and chin late on Sunday evening. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital.

Suspecting foul play, Khan said, “My brother has been shot at. I always knew they would try to kill us.”

Khan was the head of the encephalitis ward at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College when over 60 children died allegedly due to oxygen shortage in August 2016.

The paediatrician, one of the nine doctors accused, was charged under Sections 120(B), 308 and 409 of the IPC. However, Khan was later hailed as a ‘hero’ after it came to light that he had immediately swung into action and saved some children’s lives when the oxygen supply was disrupted.

The Gorakhpur doctor, who spent seven months in jail, was recently granted bail. Khan’s family had applied for bail on six different occasions during his seven-month detention.