Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi (file photo)
Three rounds of meetings have been held between SP and Congress regarding the distribution of Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, but the result has not been released yet. Now Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Akhilesh Yadav will meet and decide the final formula, but the biggest hurdle in seat sharing is regarding the criteria of ‘ability to win’. SP is placing a condition that the name of the candidate contesting the seat and the criteria for his/her victory should also be disclosed.
Congress has put the final formula of 20 seats out of 80 in front of SP, while RLD has already named 8 seats. SP is currently finding the demands of Congress and RLD unfair, due to which it has placed the demand for victory criteria. In such a situation, the question arises that how will the seat sharing formula work in the INDIA alliance?
RLD has handed over the names of its 8 seats to be contested in 2024 elections to SP, on which Akhilesh Yadav has asked Jayant Chaudhary for the names of possible candidates to contest the elections on the RLD symbol. Apart from this, SP has also said that the criteria for their victory should also be mentioned along with the candidates. Similarly, in the third meeting held with Congress leaders regarding seat sharing, SP has also kept the same condition. On Wednesday, Congress and SP discussed the seat-sharing formula and agreed on which party will get which seat, but also kept ‘winnability’ as the main criterion for deciding which seat. Go. Due to this criteria formula of SP, the responsibility of making a consensus on seat sharing has been placed in the hands of the top leadership.
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Discussion on seat sharing was positive in the meeting
A senior leader who attended the meeting regarding seat sharing between SP and Congress said that the exact number of seats was discussed between both the parties. Congress has asked for 20 seats. The list of seats was also discussed. Both parties have decided to meet again and discuss seats, but no final solution has been reached. In such a situation, RLD already has an alliance with SP, due to which there will be no talk from Congress on the issue of RLD, rather SP will have to talk to RLD.
Both Congress and SP have said that we had a good discussion regarding seat sharing in the meeting. Both the parties presented their lists to each other and compared the details of each seat. SP General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav had said that we have covered half the journey and will soon complete the entire journey. At the same time, Congress has also said that the talks took place in a good atmosphere, but due to the ‘winnability’ criteria, no consensus could be reached.
In the first round of meeting, a formal meeting was held between the INDIA alliance regarding seat sharing. When Congress had submitted the proposal on which seats to contest in 2024 to the SP leaders, the SP leaders had given their formula for seat sharing to the Congress. Similarly, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress also tried to influence each other regarding seats. At present, the seats could not be decided in the first round of talks. After this, Congress met again with SP and Aam Aadmi Party on 12 January and the third meeting was held on 17 January. In the third meeting on Wednesday, possible candidates for seats, vote bank situation and details of political equation were discussed.
On which seats does RLD want to contest elections?
Akhilesh Yadav has said that RLD and Congress will be given full respect in the seat distribution for the Lok Sabha elections, but wherever Congress and RLD have to contest, there should be people contesting from both the parties on those seats and a good equation has to be shown. , only he will be given the ticket. RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary is demanding eight seats. All these seats are from Western UP, whose names have been submitted by RLD. The seats handed over to SP from RLD include Baghpat, Mathura, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Amroha and Kairana. Apart from this, option of giving one seat from Aligarh and Fatehpur Sikri has been sent.
According to the SP leader, Akhilesh Yadav has said that Jayant Chaudhary is our trusted ally, the seats asked by him will be respected, but the names of possible candidates contesting on these 8 seats have been sought from RLD. Along with this, the names of possible candidates and the criteria of victory should also be given on the seats on which Congress wants to contest during seat sharing. Congress has demanded the seats won in 2009, but SP has set criteria which Congress is not agreeing to. Congress says that candidates should be fielded on their respective seats as per their convenience, but Akhilesh’s intention is that only the winning candidate should be given the ticket.