Seat-sharing association has been one of many main contentions for the INDIA bloc and with solely three months remaining for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the INDIA bloc is but to provide you with a seat-sharing system between its alliance companions.
In Uttar Pradesh, the INDIA bloc companions — Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) — have been on loggerheads over the seat-sharing preparations as each the events have now began to short-list their very own candidates on varied seats whereas the alliance companions are in settlement solely on few seats throughout the UP.
Sources stated that former MP Begum Noor Bano is more likely to be the Congress candidate from Rampur. Despite the legendary hostility between the Begum’s household and SP chief Mohd Azam Khan, the seat has been given to the Congress.
They stated that Azam Khan is ready to help Begum Noor Bano as his household stays in jail, Khan has no different possibility.
UP Congress Chief Ajay Rai is more likely to contest from Ballia.
Rai — who contested Lok Sabha elections in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014 and 2019 — is understood for his assertive management and powerful reference to social gathering cadres.
Sources stated that SP has provided Ballia, Fatehpur Sikri, Rampur, Maharajganj, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Kanpur, Saharanpur, Bhadohi and Bahraich seats to Congress.
Despite there being no alliance between the 2 events on Rae Bareli and Amethi seats, SP has not fielded any candidates as of now. Before giving seats to Congress, SP had additionally requested who the candidates are for Congress to contest on the seats it’s demanding. On this foundation, Congress has shared the names of some seat-wise candidates with the INDIA bloc.
Sources stated that Congress was eager to discipline Raj Babbar from Fatehpur Sikri however the actor-turned -politician will not be eager to contest from Fatehpur Sikri seat.
They stated that the second selection for Fatehpur Sikri seat can seemingly be Ramnath Sikarwar.
Congress Spokesperson Supriya Shrinetra is claimed to be a candidate from the Maharajganj seat. In the final election, Congress had given a ticket to Supriya, however she misplaced.
Tanuj Punia, son of former Congress Rajya Sabha MP PL Punia, has been shortlisted from Barabanki, whereas former MLC Deepak Singh will be the candidate from Sultanpur.
Former MP Imran Masood is more likely to contest from Saharanpur whereas the previous MP Rajesh Mishra is more likely to contest from Bhadohi.
Sources additionally stated that Congress is asking the Bansgaon seat for Kamal Kishore Commando nonetheless the SP has not dedicated something to the grand-old social gathering as of now for Bansgaon seat.
There was additionally a tussle between the alliance companions over Farrukhabad Lok Sabha seat. Senior Congress chief Salman Khurshid used to contest from Farrukhabad, which has been his ancestral seat.
However, within the final two Lok Sabha elections, Khurshid couldn’t even save his deposit in Farrukhabad. The SP now has given ticket to most cancers surgeon Naval Kishore Shakya from Farrukhabad.
Samajwadi Party has additionally upset the Congress apple cart in Lakhimpur Kheri the place it has declared Utkarsh Verma as its candidate.
The Congress was all set to announce the identify of Purvi Verma from this constituency. Purvi, alongside along with her father Ravi Verma, had joined Congress in November 2023. Ravi Verma is a former SP chief.
“SP is giving us those Lok Sabha seats which we did not even ask for. SP declared candidates on those Lok Sabha seats on which Congress was preparing to contest without informing its alliance partner, ” a senior Congress chief stated.
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav had stated that his social gathering has saved 11 seats for the Congress however later SP introduced its candidates for 16 Lok Sabha seats whereas the Congress leaders imagine that SP’s announcement relating to Lok Sabha seats was one-sided.
Given the tensions between the Congress and SP over seat-sharing association, it stays to be seen whether or not the alliance — within the greatest state of the nation, seats sensible — will survive the take a look at or go their very own separate methods within the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.