On 17 January, Congress announced that there will be a Congress and Samajwadi Party alliance in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.
Just a day earlier, the Election Commission of India (ECI) gave the election symbol of Samajwadi party to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav which opened the gates for the grand alliance.
Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, 'There will be Congress and SP alliance in upcoming UP elections."
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"Details about it will be decided in coming days, for now it can be said that there will be Cong-SP alliance under leadership of Akhilesh Yadav. As of now it is an alliance of Congress and SP, will think about 'maha-gathbandhan' in coming days," he added.
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Sheila Dikshit withdrew as the chief ministerial candidate for Congress earlier saying that there can't be two candidates for one post.
"I would like to gracefully withdraw, as we cannot have two CM candidates for the elections," she said.
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Meanwhile, Sahibabad MLA Amar Pal Sharma, who was expelled from BSP, has joined Congress.