New Delhi: In a view to safeguard their future in the national politics, the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have nearly chalked out the roadmap of alliance for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

If everything goes as per plan, then RLD would be contesting on 70-80 Assembly seats in the forthcoming elections.

Though the road map is clear, uncertainty still shrouds over three seats in western Uttar Pradesh. However, a solution to the stalemate is likely to be met after Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh returns from his foreign tour.

According to sources, after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s green signal for electoral alliance with the RLD, Digvijay Singh, Congress screening committee chairman Mohan Prakash, RLD president Chaudhary Ajit Singh and his MP son Jayant Chowdhury had several rounds of talks in the past few days over deciding the seat-sharing.

In this regard, RLD has expressed its willingness to contest on 60 to 65 seats out of 125 seats across Meerut, Saharanpur, Aligarh, Moradabad and Agra districts in western Uttar Pradesh. One seat each from Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Kashi Ram Nagar districts are also in its wish list.

The Congress, however, has no issue in seat sharing in the aforesaid regions but is still undecided over Shamli, Fatehpur Sikri and Atrauli constituencies. While the Congress has already declared its candidates for these seats, Ajit Singh has contended that with RLD having a major influence in these constituencies, it would be better if it contests from here.

Meanwhile, Ajit Singh has also demanded for 10-15 seats in Purvanchal and some other districts, over which there is no major difference of opinion.

(JPN/ Bureau)