New Delhi: With the Centre’s nod on reservation for minorities in the OBC quota, the Congress is well poised to utilize the bright opportunity in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

In the fourth list of candidates released on Friday, the Congress has considered caste formula for encashing the target vote bank in the state. While, Muslims have been given preference in western parts of UP, OBC candidates have been fielded in the eastern region.

Till now, the Congress has announced 271 candidates for the UP assembly polls.

However, with its alliance with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the state, Congress would be required to spare some of the seats for the RLD candidates. Besides, it has fielded Muslim candidates in the remaining seats to ensure victory in the polls.

Out of 18 candidates named in the fourth list, 9 seats have been given to Muslims including former minister Ammar Rizvi. 
It is to be noted, the Union government had announced reservation for the minorities on Friday.

Notably, of the 213 candidates named in the previous lists released by the Congress, a good number of them belong to the OBC or Muslim community.