New Delhi: The third list of Congress
candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections may exclude
the seats falling in Western Uttar Pradesh, where Ajit Singh`s
RLD holds sway, as a formal announcement on alliance between
the two parties is yet to be made.
The party top brass, including Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, is expected to take
a decision on the maximum number of remaining seats in
the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting, a senior
Congress leader said.
The meeting is slated for November 5, AICC general
secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
Congress has already released two lists of its nominees
for the UP polls. In August, it released the first list of 73
candidates, while in September; names of 62 candidates were
Of the 403 seats in the UP Assembly, Congress had won
22 in 2007 but looking for a revival of its fortune pinning
its hope on consolidation of minorities votes, which saw its
come back in 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.
There has been speculation that RLD Chief Ajit Singh
could get between 40 to 50 seats in his home-turf of Western
UP under the alliance with Congress. He may also be made a
cabinet minister at the Centre.
Congress has already declared that it would not have
any tie-up with any of the major parties including SP and BSP.
Ajit Singh was part of the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led SP
government which failed to make a comeback in 2007.
Congress has also decided to set up one Congress Sampark
Kendra in all the Zones, which will give political feedback.
Party`s key campaigner in Uttar Pradesh Rahul Gandhi will
kick start the Congress campaign by addressing a rally at
Phulpur on November 14. Late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
used to contest the seat.
Polls are due in April next year. The Assembly has to be
constituted there by May 13.