Six parties ready to alloy with Congress in MP

In a major boost to Congress in election-bound state Madhya Pradesh, as many as six opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP), have expressed desire to form an alliance with the Congress, against the ruling BJP. However, both the left parties are showing aversion to be part of any front headed by Congress.

The CPM indicating its objection to be part of a front, head by Congress, alleged that the Congress was pursuing the politics of “soft Hindutva” in the state. The eight parties that met on Sunday, including the CPI and the CPM, would meet again on October 7 to move ahead.

Representatives of the LJD, SP, CPI, CPM, Bahujan Sangharsh Dal (BSD), Gondwana Gantantra Party (GPP), Rashtriya Samanta Dal (RSD) and Prajatantrik Samadhan Party (PSP) discussed the prospective alliance for the Assembly polls, due later this year.

Though all the parties are ready to join hands with Congress for a united fight against Congress, both the left paties are showing aversion to align with the Congress. However, BSP, which has already announced to contest all the seats in the state, has kept away from these negotations.

The Congress, trying hard for its political revival in Madhya Pradesh, had courted the BSP for a tie-up. However, the Mayawati-led party dashed the Congress’s hopes by announcing its first list of 22 candidates on September 20.  MP Congress president Kamal Nath had said his party was keen to join hands with the like-minded parties such as the BSP for taking on the BJP.

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