UP Polls 2017: Congress-SP seal deal, Akhilesh gives 105 seats

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Luckow : In a huge boost to the Congress in upcoming UP polls, it resolved its seat sharing issue with Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday and will contest on 105 seats. 

Negotiations are on between both the parties from last few days as the Congress rejected 99 seats offered by the SP. The Congress asked for 110 seats. 

It will be revival for the Congress party in the most populist state as Mulayam Singh had thrown them out of power in 1989 by capturing all the Muslims votes. 

With the alliance the Congress will try to find its lot grounds in minorities. .

The fate of the SP-Congress alliance hung in the balance on Friday after Akhilesh Yadav announced candidates for 191 seats, of which 7 seats were already held by Congress MLAs. This ruffled feathers in the grand old party and put the possibility of an alliance in doubt.

SP leaders had at the time said that no more than 80 to 85 seats would be allotted to the Congress. 

403 Assembly seats in UP go to the polls starting February 11. The ruling SP, which recently emerged from a feud between Akhilesh and his father Mulayam, has claimed that an alliance with the Congress would help the coalition win over 300 seats.