New Delhi: With the declaration of around 350 candidates in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the Congress has devised strategy to impart massive dent to the Samajwadi Party in order to have an upper hand in the post-poll talks for formation of a government in the state. 

The party has planned to lay thrust on those Assembly seats where they can manage the defeat of SP candidate.

According to the sources, the Congress had already made its strategy clear by giving preference to the workers and leaders of Samajawadi Party in its fold.

Moreover, the party has played a masterstroke by nominating candidates from the Yadav community to counter the Mulayam effect in those constituencies considered to be his stronghold like Etawah, Mainpuri, Auraiya, Farrukhabad and Kannauj.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s firebrand speeches highlighting the faults of the current Mayawati government and the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government have laid more thorns in the path of the Samajwadi Party.

The party also plans to raise uncomfortable questions for the SP leadership to derive mileage in the ensuing polls in the state.

The chief strategist of the Congress claimed that the party’s strategy to counter the SP in the Assembly polls is well in place. Although the Congress is looking forward to form a government on its own, in case they fail to get the desired numerical strength and the SP succeeds in winning more seats than the Congress-RLD combine, they will still have a comfort in negotiations for formation of government in the state.

Another senior Congress leader added, “In case no other party manages to form government, an option for President’s rule and fresh elections will be advantageous for the party.”

(JPN/Bureau)