Congress high-level meeting over alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Updated:  Sep 24, 2018, 09:00 AM
Lok Sabha elections are just a few months away and it appears that Congress doesn't want to left any stone unturned. On Monday, Congress held a high-level meeting to brainstorm over possible alliance partners in 10 states
The meeting was to discuss alliance possibilities in 10 states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand. Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot lead the meeting as the Party Chief Rahul Gandi was not present because he is currently at Amethi.
The meeting has been divided into two parts. Political representatives of five states will meet up in the morning, while the leaders remaining five states will meet in the evening around 5 pm. In the meeting, the leader representing each state will get 30 minutes each to present their facts and figures on alliances.
Regional party heads also get an invitation from Congress high command to express their views. The meeting appears to be a response of Congress on the reports of Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) entering an alliance with Ajit Jogi's Janta Congress Chhattisgarh Thursday. BSP will also fight upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections solo. Mayawati has already announced the names of 22 party candidates contesting for the MP state polls.
At the same time, Loktantrik Janata Dal mentor Govind Yadav said, eight political parties will meet on September 30 to work out an alliance against the ruling BJP in the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly election. "Now that the BSP has decided to fight elections on its own, we are going to sit together to talk about forming an alliance so that the opposition vote does not get fragmented," he said.
Yadav informed that leaders of the Samajwadi Party (SP), CPM, CPI, Bahujan Sangharsh Dal, Gondwana Gantantra Party, Rashtriya Samanta Dal, Prajatantrik Samadhan Party, apart from the Loktantrik Janata Dal, would meet to work out the modalities of an alliance.
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