Raebareli and Amethi become key points of negotiation between SP and Congress
By Vamsi Krishna N : 23-Jan-2017
The 10 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli and Amethi have become key points of discussion in negotiations between the two parties, Congress and Samajwadi Party. Both the parties have called for an intense debate on these seats because while Raebareli and Amethi are the respective parliamentary constituencies of President of the Congress Party Sonia Gandhi and Congress Party Deputy Chief Rahul Gandhi, the remaining along with the two above are in the Gandhi turf.
Of the five seats in Raebareli, Samajwadi Party has announced candidates for three seats and the remaining are allocated for the Congress Party. Similarly, of the five seats in Amethi, Samajwadi Party announced candidates for two seats, leaving the remaining three seats for the Congress Party to contest.
The total seats being contested by the Congress Party in the Uttar Pradesh state have reached to 105 seats, along with the 6 seats that Akhilesh Yadav had offered on Sunday, in the alliance.
Congress Party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad commented on Sunday about the seat allocation between the two parties that “"It was never about Raebareli and Amethi. We wanted a certain number of seats and become part of the alliance with respect. Of the 10 seats now, we have half, they have half.” He also said that Congress Party is not considering the seats as a prestige point.
He further credited the daughter of Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the alliance coming through between Samajwadi Party and Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking about the alliance between the two parties, Azad said “I want to congratulate Priyanka Gandhiji for her efforts. It's a very difficult thing to form an alliance after years of contesting against each other.”
During the 2012 Assembly elections, of the 10 assembly seats, the Samajwadi Party had won 7 seats and the Congress Party had won two seats.