[caption id="attachment_242596" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit[/caption]
Veteran Congress' leader Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said that she will withdraw as the chief ministerial candidate if her party forms an alliance with the ruling Samajwadi Party for the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress' face in Uttar Pradesh said, "I am ready to withdraw as the chief minister candidate if there is an alliance with the Samajwadi Party".
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Her statement came on a day when the Election Commission announced the poll dates for the Assembly election in the state.
Dikshit told news agencies that there cannot be two chief ministerial candidates in case of an alliance in the politically crucial state.
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“Talks are on and the SP-Congress alliance will benefit Uttar Pradesh. I will do what the party high command decides,” she added.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader P L Punia said that there have been positive results post the grand alliance in Bihar, thereby hinting that the grand old party may join hands with the Samajwadi Party.
“All political parties working in the interest of the poor and farmers joined hands in Bihar. The same is required in Uttar Pradesh as well because the forces favouring the rich and industrialists have grabbed power so far by creating confusion in the minds of the voters,” he told news agencies.
Punia, however, said the top brass of the Congress and Samajwadi Party can better answer as to when the grand alliance will take place in Uttar Pradesh.