Failure of alliance talk with BSP not to impact grand alliance for LS polls: Cong
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Failure of alliance talk with BSP not to impact grand alliance for LS polls: Cong

New Delhi, Oct 8: The Congress on Sunday said the failure of seat-sharing talks with BSP in Madhya Pradesh would not impact attempts to forge a grand alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.

Talking to reporters here, AICC Spokesperson Pawan Khera said the outcome of seat-sharing talks with the BSP for the state Assembly polls should not be confused with attempts to forge a grand alliance of Opposition parties against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

On the seat-sharing talks with parties like BSP for the state Assembly polls, Khera said that in such matters, the party's Central leadership goes with the view of the state units on the prevailing ground situation in the state.

'The party's Central leadership goes with the view of the state units on the existing ground situation in the state. If our state unit be it in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan feels that it is only an 'x' number of seats, the party could part with for likely allies, then we go by their view as they are aware of the ground realities.

'State units are better aware of the ground situation than the central leadership. In this situation. Even the regional parties are aware of their situation in a particular state. So, our state unit took a decision and the central leadership accepted it,' Khera said.

At the same time, he said the outcome of seat-sharing talks with BSP for the state Assembly polls should not be confused with attempts to forge a grand alliance of opposition parties against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"It should not be confused with attempts to forge a 'grand alliance that is meant for the Lok Sabha polls. Right now, we are not discussing alliances for the Lok Sabha elections. The discussion right now is focussed on alliances forged by different parties for the state assemby polls . Hence linking the two would not be proper," Khera said.

The BSP had recently ruled out any alliance with the Congress for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. (UNI)