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SP, BSP set to announce UP alliance today without Congress

Lucknow/New Delhi: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati will Saturday announce their alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, apparently set to keep the Congress out of the pact in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress described this likelihood as a “very dangerous mistake” and said it was ready to fight the parliamentary polls alone in the state.

SP national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj Party national general secretary SC Misra Friday sent out the invitation for a joint press conference at a hotel in Lucknow.

Akhilesh Yadav confirmed in a television interview that the press conference is on the alliance in Uttar Pradesh, while parrying questions on seat-sharing with the Congress.

At a meeting in Kannauj, he also said, “Our coming together has not only created fear in the BJP but also in the Congress.”

Smaller parties like the RLD and the Nishad Party are also likely to be part of the alliance, but were not mentioned in the announcement on the press conference.

(With inputs from agencies)

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