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NCP allies with SP for Uttar Pradesh elections, Sharad Pawar corners BJP amid defections from saffron party

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspANI

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and talks are underway over seat-sharing, party leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said on Thursday.

Maliks stated that one seat has already been announced for the UP polls and extended his party’s support to the SP-lead alliance in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Assembly polls. 

“We’ve decided to contest elections with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. One seat has been announced and talks are on for other seats. We will support the alliance which is forming in UP,” he said.

The Samajwadi Party had on Wednesday named NCP’s KK Sharma as the party’s first candidate for UP assembly elections. The SP made the announcement on Twitter after the first joint meeting of the coalition.

Meanwhile, NCP supremo tore into the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid defections from the saffron party saying that not a day goes without a BJP leader leaving the party. 

“Not a single day passes when a BJP leader does not leave the party. Take Uttar Pradesh, for example, 13 MLAs are leaving BJP to join another party. I have come to know that four BJP MLAs are leaving it today itself,” the NCP chief said.

BJP faces spad of defections in UP

Ahead of assembly polls, the BJP faces a spat of defections with several leaders resigning from the party citing gross neglect” towards Dalits, backward, farmers, unemployed youth, and small traders in the state.

The assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, while the last phase of polling will be conducted on March 7. The main contest is seen between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP).

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